WhyHunger’s 2015 Impacts

Interested in WhyHunger’s work? We are happy to share a recap of our 2015 impacts, ranging from supporting social movements to funding innovation to amplifying voices of those most affected by hunger. Thank you for your support! 

WhyHunger is working to build and strengthen a grassroots led movement for food justice and food sovereignty worldwide.

By directly supporting social movements in 20 countries in 2015, an estimated 20,229 people participated in activities like agroecological training, leadership development for women and youth and capacity building projects, benefiting an estimated 12,819 families.

Our new Agroecology: Putting Food Sovereignty into Action publication, which shares the knowledge and perspectives of social movement leaders working to “scale out” agroecology around the world, was downloaded over 10,870 times and translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese and Thai in response to requests from farmers and organizers across the globe.

Our International Solidarity Fund invests in strengthening existing and emergent social movements for food justice and food sovereignty. The combined membership of our benefitting social movement grantees is an estimated in 9,528,292 members, including peasant families, fisherfolk, pastoralists, afro-descendants and indigenous communities.

WhyHunger fosters social justice by addressing the root causes of hunger and the deep inequities of poverty at the intersection of economic inequality, racism, health and the environment.

WhyHunger is building Communities of Practice with grassroots leaders and organizations across the U.S. as the first steps in developing and supporting the coalitions, alliances and networks that are needed to strengthen and build an intersectional movement for food justice.

In 2015, we made tremendous strides in developing a new community of practice, The National Black Food and Justice Alliance, a growing coalition of Black-led organizations working towards advancing Black leadership, building Black self-determination, institution building and organizing for food sovereignty, land and justice.

Our 2015 Hunger and Health Gathering launched a new community of practice among eight food access organizations working along the intersections of hunger, food insecurity and health in the NJ and NY region. Leaders met face-to-face to build relationships and learn together in a two day workshop, leading to WhyHunger conference scholarships to engage on a national level.

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Calondra McArthur