As of July 2022, approximately 828 million people are facing hunger, according to the World Food Programme – and that 828 million isn't the largest figure for world hunger. The FAO estimates that there are 2.3 billion people, roughly 29% of the global population, facing less extreme, but still dangerous, levels of food insecurity. Most hungry people are living in chronic hunger, which often happens over many generations.
Luckily, hunger can be avoided. While these numbers sound alarming and a solution may seem far-fetched, we know that there is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone on the planet. So why is this happening?
The reason is simple: Handouts and distributing food are rarely the solution. These methods have proven time and time again to be unsustainable. You may have heard the proverb: “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” Many Western aid organizations have been shifting away from giving charity in developing countries to promoting self-reliance in sustainable programs. While there are different schools of thought on the efficacy of this method, it seems that some nonprofits have identified the key to success using this methodology.
One of these nonprofits is The Hunger Project, a global organization trying to solve world hunger by investing in people's capacity, creativity and leadership. Rather than making small contributions at the periphery, The Hunger Project works at the heart of the problem – building self-reliance at the grassroots level, empowering women as key change agents, and forging effective partnerships with local governments. Mindset shift is at the heart of The Hunger Project’s programs. Through their “Vision, Commitment, and Action” workshops, mentoring and a tailored approach, The Hunger Project helps communities envision a future of their own making.
Why is there a focus on women and education? According to the Hunger Project’s research, women in Africa farm more than men do, but they are more likely to go hungry. The Hunger Project has helped decrease severe hunger by more than 42%, household poverty by 30% and increase female business ownership by 31% (Source: The Hunger Project, Household Evaluation Data, 2015 - 2021)
Prove supports the cause by matching your donations
We're excited to announce that Prove, a pioneer in identity verification, will be sponsoring The Hunger Project by raising funds during the holidays. Through the fundraiser, appropriately named ‘More Than A Meal’, Prove hopes to raise $10,000 by December 31, 2022 via Move the Chain platform.
If you are hoping to give a gift that helps make a difference for people facing hunger on Giving Tuesday or during the holidays, here is your opportunity. Prove is going to match your donations: every dollar donated to the Hunger Project through the fundraiser, Prove will match (up to $10,000). You can also support the cause by simply sharing the fundraiser with family and friends, and on social media. Thank you for making a difference during the holidays!