A Strategic Approach to Ending Hunger

December 17, 2019

It’s one thing to have a vision for ending world hunger. It’s another to have the commitment it takes to see that vision through to reality. However, the final piece of the puzzle is taking effective action on a committed vision so that your outcomes lead to the kind of impact that ends hunger for good. We know from 40 years of experience that community-development action needs to be strategic. Sustainability and self-reliance have to be built through training and workshops that enhance the capacity of a community to thrive, so that every action taken creates the capacity for more action and for that action to be even more effective.

It’s not enough to feed people if your goal is a self-reliant community, nor is it enough to teach them to feed themselves. We also have to teach people how to teach their community to feed themselves. Knowledge and capacity needs to spread and become a part of community culture so that children grow up learning these tools from their parents and their peers and it becomes a part of community practice to be self-sufficient, innovative and industrious. That means that our actions have to have the same kind of generativeness. Not only can we make a difference, but we can enhance our ability to make a difference and help others do the same.

This is how The Hunger Project views leadership: it’s the ability to guide a team toward a goal, but also to guide them in discovering their own capacity to exceed their own expectations so that every goal achieved becomes a building block for further development and achievement. Careful monitoring and evaluation of The Hunger Project-supported communities helps us discover, which strategies are most productive in helping communities take action for themselves. What we’ve discovered is that women play a key role in their community’s success. Empowering women to take leadership roles in their communities is a winning strategic action. Not only that, but when women take the initiative to lift up other women, the benefits are exponential to all communities involved.