Alleviating world hunger by supporting smallholder agricultural programs
Describe the need affecting community
75% of the world’s 795 million hungry people are farmers and/or those living in rural communities. Therefore, agriculture offers a unique opportunity to millions of the poorest and hungriest people around our world to improve their lives. By engaging with these farmers and their communities we can work together to improve their health, livelihoods and futures and make a lasting impact on hunger and poverty.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
Growing Hope’s mission is to alleviate world hunger by supporting smallholder farmers through holistic small-scale food security programs. Since 2000, Growing Hope funds 50-60 programs a year in 30+/- countries. By working with a network of 14 implementing organizations and over 100 local, in-country partners, Growing Hope is able to act as a funder, collaborator and consultant to our programs. We have cultivated a grassroots approach to programming that allows local communities to take initiative in and ownership of the program. This approach not only allows communities to reach food security, but it also ensures sustainable impact long after Growing Hope’s support has ended. In the US, Growing Hope has always had a strong relationship with US farmers and agribusinesses. 70-80% of our funding comes from volunteer US community Growing Projects. We work to engage our supporters in the importance of long-term development with smallholder farmers.
Describe the primary goal of the project
Growing Hope’s primary goal is to support rural people in need in the developing world as they “grow lasting solutions to hunger.” Since our inception in 2000, we have helped two million primary participants to experience food security. We aim to continue this trajectory by increasing the number of Growing Projects each year, increasing our donor base to include more individuals, corporations and foundations, and increasing the number of overseas food security programs.