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POVERTY REDUCTION

Epicenters for Meeting Basic Needs The Millennium Declaration calls for special attention to Africa. More than 41 percent of people in sub-Saharan African live on less than $1 per day, and 32 percent are undernourished. Africa has been The Hunger Projects highest budget priority for more than 15 years. The four social conditions that give rise to the persistence of hunger and poverty in Africa are the marginalization of women food farmers, poor leadership, too little investment in building peoples capacity in rural areas, and AIDS and the gender inequality that fuels the epidemic. To transform these conditions and empower the people of Africa to meet their basic needs on a sustainable basis, The Hunger Project has pioneered its Epicenter Strategy. This strategy is a unified, people-centered approach that has proven effective in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Uganda.Working in partnership with the people and leaders of eight countries in East, West and Southern Africa, The Hunger Project has developed a replicable, affordable, people-centered methodology that has proven successful for community development in rural Africa. It is called the Epicenter Strategy, and through it, our partners in Africa create dynamic centers for community action to meet basic needs and to effectively link people to existing government resources. The Hunger Project is seeking to scale up The Epicenter Strategy in order to make it clear to policy makers and development agencies that our approach is indeed the sustainable solution to the end of hunger and poverty. In order to demonstrate the viability and affordability of scaling up the Epicenter Strategy, the scale up program has begun in the Eastern Region of Ghana, one of Ghanas 10 regions. Our approach is intended to ensure that there is an epicenter building within walking distance (10km) of all residents in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

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