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DFID is the UK government department responsible for promoting development and the reduction of poverty.

Somalia

Gripped by recurring droughts, chronic food shortages, and over 20 years of nearly incessant conflict, Somalia is one of the most challenging environments in the world for humanitarian operations. The regional drought of late 2011 and early 2012 affected Somalia more than any other nation across eastern Africa, displacing millions and subjecting tens of thousands to famine in the hardest-hit regions. Ultimately, some two million people remain in crisis, with conflict and insecurity continuing to contribute to poor household food consumption and high malnutrition rates.

Sierra Leone

In the shadow of a ten-year civil war in which some 50,000 people lost their lives, Sierra Leone’s peace agreement of 2001 opened the door to the gradual disarmament of armed factions, ushering in a period of relative stability with signs of economic growth.

West Bank, Gaza

The West Bank and Gaza are Palestinian Territories that have been under the contested control of Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967. The long-standing political tensions between Israel and Palestine over these disputed regions -- which include East Jerusalem -- may be decades in the making, but the end result is chronic political instability and severe trade restrictions that have had devastating impacts on local livelihoods, economic opportunities, sanitation conditions, and household food consumption, making life even more precarious for an already at-risk population.

Pakistan

Pakistan has experienced a steady rise in destabilizing socio-political, economic, and environmental forces over the past decade that have torn at the very fabric of this fragile nation. Behind these seismic geopolitical forces lies a backdrop of chronic and acute undernutrition, widespread food insecurity, and recurring natural disasters that routinely displace millions of people, destroy homes and vital infrastructure, and disrupt countless lives and livelihoods.

Nigeria

Though Nigeria has the second largest economy in Africa, it also has the third highest number of severely malnourished children in the world: approximately 26% of children under five years old—more than a million children— suffer from malnutrition. In 2010, the Ministry of Health developed national guidelines for nutritional treatment with support from Action Against Hunger.

Niger

A landlocked nation with little arable land for farming, Niger ranks among the world’s poorest countries, with subsistence agriculture and livestock accounting for 80% of Niger’s livelihoods. But agriculture in Niger is besieged by significant challenges, such as routine climate shocks (droughts and floods), poor soil quality, underdeveloped markets in seeds, fertilizers and other productive inputs, not to mention poor pasture lands for grazing animals.

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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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