The Hunter Foundation - investing in enterprise

The Hunter Foundation - investing in enterprise

Clinton Hunter Development Initiative

Why Sustainable Development

Ilvy Njiokiktjien / Partners in Health CHDI works in rural communities in Malawi and Rwanda to increase local incomes and improve the health of entire communities through programs that are locally sustainable and replicable. Of the 750 million people living in sub-Saharan Africa today, one-half live on less than $1 a day and a majority lack access to clean water, sanitation, adequate nutrition, quality health care, and other life-sustaining goods. The number one killer of young Africans today is disease resulting from dirty water. Making a Commitment to Africa: An Initiative is Born In 2005, at the inaugural meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, Scottish philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter over ten years to encourage sustainable economic growth in the developing world. Working in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, the resulting project – the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative – is spurring economic development in Africa in ways that can be sustained and scaled-up by local governments and communities long into the future.

Rather than prescribing temporary solutions to challenges across Africa, CHDI works in partnership with governments and communities to build integrated programs that increase local incomes, reflect local realities, and are locally sustainable and replicable. Operationally, CHDI works to increase farmers’ access to fertilizer, seeds, irrigation, and other farming inputs, and to identify and develop new markets for agricultural outputs. In doing so, CHDI responds to the needs of local communities, tailoring agricultural production and agri-businesses to serve market demand, while also implementing programs that reduce barriers to individual productivity. Importantly, CHDI works to strengthen local organizations and infrastructure so that large-scale improvements can be sustained without continuing assistance from foreign donors.


Success Story: Rwandan Farmers Coffee CHDI loans have allowed Misozi Coffee Company to invest and boost its production levels. With additional CHDI assistance in expanding sales abroad and creating a new premium fairtrade coffee, incomes have risen significantly.

To date here’s what we’ve been doing with in enabling our partners wishes:


Worked with 1,200 farmers in Neno to increase wheat production and arrange sales to the largest wheat purchaser Worked in Malawi at prices 50 percent higher than in previous years. Carried out community hygiene and water point provision and management training programs to deliver clean water to dozens of village communities, impacting 16,000 people including 7,000 students. Alongside Partners In Health, CHDI constructed the 120-bed Neno District Hospital and 23 staff houses in the remote Neno hills area. In partnership with the Ministry of Health, CHDI designed, funded, and managed construction of The Ethel Mutharika Maternity Hospital in Lilongwe to help reduce maternal and newborn mortality rates in Malawi.

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Supported smallholder cotton farmers to increase yields and quality and to apply for certification as Fairtrade producers for access to higher prices. Assisted community groups in planting several million fruit and hardwood seedlings for improved soil management and for future income from carbon credit sales and from sale of fruit and lumber. Linked hundreds of smallholder farmers to CHDI’s Mpherero Farm for improved yields, soil rejuvenation, market access and profitability.


CHDI assisted the government of Rwanda with the single largest purchase of fertilizer in Rwandan history, resulting in 10-20 percent price savings. With improved planting techniques and expanded access to seeds, 4,000 farmers’ yields increased by 240 percent on average, growing their incomes and feeding 30,000 people. Helped 6,500 coffee farmers develop their company, called Misozi Coffee

Company, into a profitable enterprise. By the end of 2007, Misozi farmers had increased their production by 20 percent and increased their sales by over 30 percent. Established rainwater harvesting and latrine programs at 12 schools in Rwanda, providing 15,000 children with modern latrines and stored water for hand-washing.

Joined with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, Partners In Health, and the government of Rwanda to renovate Rwinkwavu Hospital into a fully functioning District Hospital that now serves 265,000 people; and to support four additional health facilities in the area, serving 425,000 Rwandans. CHDI is in the process of developing two new large-scale, value-additive businesses in Rwanda: a soy processing plant and a coffee roasting business. These businesses are co-invested alongside local Rwandan investors, and both businesses are anticipated to be operational in early 2011-2. These new operations impact the lives of between 30,000 and 40,000 farmers. CHDI’s earnings from these operations will be reinvested in further like-minded ventures.