Households in Bandundu Province, DRC rely primarily on agriculture for food; cultivating cassava as the main crop and have limited dietary diversity. Due to the presence of cyanide in cassava, a poisonous chemical in unprocessed cassava, the retting process to leach out cyanide prior to consumption is essential. Improperly processed cassava causes konzo, a neurological ailment triggered by sustained dietary exposure to cyanide. Since local knowledge of the food-related origins of the disease is limited, local beliefs and traditional customs were found to be the main drivers of the high incidence of the disease.
Action Against Hunger’s international network produces a variety of published works from context analysis and regional assessments to community surveys and field reports.
Action Against Hunger aims to empower women in Northern Uganda using a two pronged strategy; a) cash transfers, skills training and VSLAs for income generating activities, and b) interventions to prevent violence against women at the household and community level. These interventions combine to become a transformative learning experience for participating individuals and communities. Participants attain positive and sustainable outcomes on livelihoods through the knowledge on protecting economic assets and strategic diversification of productive activities, which can be empowering for women in securing their economic independence and stability.
Households and livelihoods in Merti and Garbatulla Districts of Kenya are highly vulnerable and threatened by an increasing frequency of cyclical, seasonal droughts in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) of Kenya. Pastoral communities are at risk with the gradual erosion of community resilience and traditional coping strategies by successive shocks and limited development investments. Action Against Hunger adopted an integrated approach for a drought response program that built the drought preparedness capacity of the communities and mobilized them to collectively address common risks and pursue risk reduction measures.
Raising awareness about Gender Based Violence (GBV) is one of Action Against Hunger’s strategies to empower women in their households and communities in Northern Uganda. Selected individuals are trained to become activists who can serve as role models for other women and facilitate the process of seeking justice for cases of GBV. Here is further insight into the challenging yet inspiring life of one such remarkable woman activist.
Since 2008, ACF spain has been overseeing a malnutrition treatment program by supporting five health centers integrated in the Conakry region of Guinea. ACF Spain and its partners have been supporting local intitiatives such as, "Porridge Mums," who produce and sell nutritious food (predominately for children and newborns) by strengthening the capacity of these projects to ensure a sustainable improvement in income and participate, through their action, to malnutrition prevention. Income and nutritional education are two pillars that ACF Spain and its partners have focused their activities on.