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Rural exodus disrupts social order in Mauritania

"For decades in the Sahel, working-age men have left their rural villages to find work in regional towns or capital cities, returning to plant or harvest crops when possible.

Finding the urban crisis tipping point

"NGOs ACF, Concern and Oxfam have reviewed food security targeting methodologies to identify the best existing emergency food security indicators and how to adapt them to urban settings. They published their results through the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Practice (ALNAP) in July 2013. Their recommendations include: undertaking assessments by neighbourhood; establishing baseline data to identify cost of living, crime rates, and migration rates before and after shocks; and using technology such as digital mapping tools to collect and organize information."

WEST AFRICA: Sahel the danger zone for food insecurity

Erratic rains and high imported rice and wheat prices against a backdrop of chronic food insecurity and malnutrition in parts of the Sahel, will leave millions of people at risk of food insecurity, according to the latest crop assessments.

“We are definitely going to have a difficult year,” said Patricia Hoorelbeke, West Africa head of NGO Action Against Hunger (ACF), adding that the NGO is considering expanding its food and nutrition programmes in the region.

Nutrition Gains As Urban Farming Takes Root

"Recent nutrition surveys also uncovered a disturbing number of children with life-threatening acute malnutrition in an area largely neglected by international donors, who are focused on the country's war-torn eastern region, according to Action Against Hunger."

GLOBAL: The Vital Statistics Of Hunger

"Armed with an electronic weighing scale and a meter-long board to measure the height of children, Masese-Mwirigi and her team, led by Mohamed Moalim, along with Action Contre la Faim (ACF), a food relief NGO, have carried out a survey in the Mogadishu region, where the capital is located. The survey is the first in seven years."

SOMALIA: Time For Immediate Action On Famine - UN

"The humanitarian community has stepped up its response to the crisis, some by setting up cash-for-work or cash relief activities and distributing food. Action Contre la Faim, for example, is airlifting tons of food into Somalia.."

GUINEA: Child malnutrition - moving beyond stop-gaps

“'The break in WFP’s pipeline is representative of the problem everyone has finding [aid] funding for Guinea,' Reza Kasraï, head of Action Contre la Faim (ACF) in Guinea, told IRIN. 'We’re in a no-man’s land between a politically stable country where donors would like to give development funds and a full-on emergency where humanitarian donors contribute regardless of the political situation.'

About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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