Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods


The Presbyterian Hunger Program supports poor and marginalized people around the world through community-based projects that improve quality of life and build resiliency. Through this work, communities develop practical solutions to hunger and poverty that respect their culture, the environment and traditional knowledge.

Nearly 870 million people go to bed hungry each night; the vast majority of whom live in developing countries where opportunities for formal employment and safety-net protections are limited. Poverty, unjust economic systems, conflicts, and climate change are some of the primary causes of hunger.

People living in poverty cannot afford to purchase nutritious food or seeds for planting food. They often lack access to safe and clean water as well as basic sanitation. Their children have inadequate opportunities to a proper education, and consequently remain trapped in a cycle of poverty. Complicating matters, climate change is likely to increase the number of people at risk of hunger as it continues to negatively impact the food supply, water and other resources.

PHP promotes community-based projects that analyze causes of poverty and develop holistic responses that support grassroots communities to address their needs and become more resilient.

We believe that those faced with the problems should be directly involved in developing solutions. That’s why community-led approaches are at the center of our work to alleviate hunger and poverty around the world.

Some focus areas for our work are:

  • Agroecology, agroforestry
  • Economic Development, fair trade and income generating activities
  • Food security, food production and nutrition