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.
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.
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.
Pakistan experienced some of the worst floods in its history in 2010, affecting more than one-tenth of Pakistan's population. Chronic food insecurity and a poor baseline nutrition situation were worsened by the floods, which heavily damaged livelihoods, weakened coping mechanisms and created a humanitarian emergency in an area where structural poverty and inequity already existed. This case study focuses on the mainstreaming of nutritional activities into the flood response program of The Pakistan Emergency Food Security Alliance (ACF, ACTED, CARE, International Rescue Committee, Oxfam and Save the Children). The objective is to save and preserve lives, to protect livelihoods and to increase resilience of Pakistan flood affected populations.
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