In July 2014, the Irish national committee for the Freedom From Hunger Campaign (later known as Gorta) merged with Self-Help Africa to become Gorta-Self Help Africa. Since 1965 Gorta has conducted humanitarian work in more then 50 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas. This has included small and large-scale projects and, in recent years has increasingly focussed in development efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. Since the merger with Self Help Africa, the focus has been on rural African communities and family farms.|
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Today Gorta-Self Help Africa works to create a rural Africa that is free from hunger and poverty. Beginning with one volunteer (John Hay) and a focus on providing improved seed stocks, livestock, machinery and infrastructure, Gorta workes along with missionaries and groups of Irish volunteers on overseas development projects. In recent years, the organization has developed expertise in small-scale farming and developing successful family farms.
Gorta (in the Irish language meaning "hunger" or "extreme want") was founded in 1965 as the Irish national Freedom From Hunger Campaign Committee. At the request of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the committee was founded under the auspices of the Irish Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and later (1979) was moved to the Department of Foreign Affairs. In 1998 Gorta became an independent non-governmental organization and established its headquarters in Dublin. It remains the Irish affiliate of FAO in Ireland.
Self-Help Africa, 1984-2014
Established in 1984 by Noel McDonagh and Father Owen Lambert, Self Help Africa was a response to the famine in Ethiopia in the early 1980s. The organisation works with rural communities in ten African countries. Self Help Africa has is an international charity with headquarters in Ireland, England and the United States; it works with rural communities in ten African countries where it supports farm families to grow more and earn more from their produce.