Zambia has experienced strong economic growth in the past decade, making it one of the fastest growing economies in the word. Despite this, more than half the Southern African country lives below the poverty line. Since the 1990s, Winrock has worked with the Zambian people to develop sustainable energy solutions for agricultural development, open new markets for smallholder farmers, and increase educational opportunities for girls and boys through scholarships and mentoring. Currently, Winrock is addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty through building the capacity of African leaders, communities and institutions.
Social and economic factors push many children in Africa and Southern Brazil out of classrooms and into tobacco fields and other forms of child labor. This robs children and entire communities of the chance to forge a better future. Building on the initial successes of the Achieving Reduction of Child Labor in Support of Education (ARISE) project, this follow-on program raises awareness about child labor and helps improve family livelihoods so that children can pursue their education. The program also works with government officials to strengthen and enforce laws preventing child labor.
To be effective and long-lasting, solutions to Sub-Saharan Africa’s food security challenges must be homegrown. That belief drives this USAID-funded Feed the Future initiative to develop the capacity of African agriculture professionals, institutions and stakeholders to reduce hunger and poverty. The program seeks agricultural transformation by engaging stakeholders at the continental, regional, country, and local levels to improve the effectiveness of institutions, strengthen the capacity to manage policy change, and promote effective participation of non-state actors.