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International Development & Advocacy


At this time, we are lifting up the need to respond further in nations suffering from extreme hunger and famine, including Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, and South Sudan. Learn more.

Presbyterian Hunger Program responds to global hunger and poverty through two main approaches:

Development projects: supporting people’s efforts to respond to their immediate needs using community-based approaches.

Advocacy: campaign work done primarily through the Joining Hands initiative, where global partners come together with Presbyterians and others to identify and address policies and corporate practices that create or perpetuate hunger and poverty.

We support partners to address hunger, poverty, and injustice around the world by:

  • Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods PHP supports poor and marginalized communities through community-based sustainable development projects that promote dignified work and ensure sustainable livelihoods. These projects empower people to feed themselves, their families and their communities in ways which respect their culture, the land, and traditional knowledge.
  • Developing Leaders and Building Capacities PHP believes not only in providing poor people and communities with training and skills that help them to achieve their development goals, but we also prioritize building the capacity of individuals and organizations to identify root causes of poverty in their communities and organize for change.
  • Defending Resource Rights PHP accompanies civil society groups and communities as they struggle to protect and defend fundamental human rights to land and natural resources.Much of PHP’s work defending resource rights is done through Joining Hands. Some focus areas for our campaign work are food sovereignty, land rights, transparency in resource extraction, preserving and protecting native seeds, defending public health and international trade agreements.

Banner photo thanks to Nature for Life Conservation Initiatives, PHP grant partner in Uganda