Herbalife Nutrition, along with the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation, announced an additional $100,000 pledge to expand its partnership with The Hunger Project (THP).
The partnership—under its Nutrition for Zero Hunger initiative—will be extended for an additional three years to fund the organization’s women-centered, community-led development and educational programs, investing in rural communities around the world affected by food insecurity and malnutrition.
“In honor of #WorldHungerDay, we are happy to provide additional support to The Hunger Project and collaborate with them on eliminating hunger,” said Alan Hoffman, executive vice president, Corporate Affairs, Herbalife Nutrition.
According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, 821 million people live with chronic hunger worldwide. May 28 is World Hunger Day, an annual day of awareness created by and hosted by THP as a time to highlight the critical need for sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty and to inspire everyone to be a part of the solution. Hunger is significantly worse in countries with agricultural systems that are highly sensitive to rainfall and temperature variability and severe drought, and where the livelihood of a high proportion of the population depends on local farming.
In the last year, Nutrition for Zero Hunger was able to help fund the work of The Hunger Project, which impacts more than 16 million people through water, sanitation and hygiene programs, food insecurity workshops and women’s leadership trainings in more than 13,000 communities around the world.
“Studies have shown that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits,” said Jenna Recuber, global vice president, The Hunger Project. “We’re thankful for partners like Herbalife Nutrition, whose support empowers women and men to be agents of their own development. Partnerships like this are critical to creating sustainable change in rural communities that are ending their own hunger.”
According to the FAO, if women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry people in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million. Earlier this month, the company celebrated Women’s Health Week by developing a “Women and Hunger” campaign, creating a series of graphics, animations and blog content to raise awareness and generate discussion on how gender equity plays a role in global problems like hunger and food insecurity.