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Crypto-currencies and the aid industry

Meet Bitcoin: an encrypted digital currency the value of which has fluctuated sharply in recent years… For aid distribution, such “radical” ideas could influence the way money is transferred to (and between) people in need.

Latest Innovations in Cash Transfers

Five years ago, delivering food aid was all about hauling cargoes of wheat, rice and maize around the world. Today, instead of queuing for rations, recipients are quite likely to be given the means to buy their own food.

Food and the city

"National and local government agencies are almost always more present in cities than in rural areas, which can make it easier for international humanitarian actors to locate and work with them...At the same time, the multiplicity of actors involved means there is usually less clarity about who is in charge. Several agencies - including Action against Hunger (ACF), the World Food Programme and Oxfam - recommend mapping political structures, power relations and interests at the beginning of an intervention.

Nutrition: Let agriculture 'do no harm'

Agriculture is about food production, but often projects ultimately hurt communities’ health and nutrition. When the focus is tons and dollars, experts say, getting people the nutrients they need can be lost. The NGO Action contre la Faim (ACF) pays close attention to the nutritional impact of its interventions, but guidelines for measuring that, including in emergency situations, are lacking, according to Julien Morel, ACF senior food assistance adviser.

BURKINA FASO: European Union pledges more aid to fight malnutrition

"...ECHO's partners include the UN children's fund, UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Programme, OXFAM International, Paris-based Action Contre la Faim, the Burkinabe Red Cross Society and Save the Children. ..."

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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