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Madagascar

Though Madagascar’s economy benefits from ecotourism, ecological research, and a growing agricultural sector, the unequal distribution of wealth has left ninety percent of the country’s population living on less than two dollars a day. This widespread poverty, combined with weak government agencies and a tenuous political situation, has led to an alarming humanitarian situation. More than half of all children in Madagascar suffer from chronic malnutrition, and over half of the country’s population struggles with food insecurity.

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.

Paraguay

Like many other Latin American countries, Paraguay struggles with the fact that economic improvements in recent years have had little impact on a large percentage of the population. The country’s rural population suffers from high rates of poverty and frequently lacks the most basic of needs. Extreme inequality is persistent, and so far, public policies have failed to have any impact in reducing these inequalities in the name of development.

Nicaragua

As one of the poorest countries in Central America, Nicaragua is severely lacking in basic Infrastructure with half of the country lacking access to basic sanitation. Nicaraguans are economically vulnerable, with eight out of ten people living on less than $2.00 a day.

Food prices in Nicaragua are extremely volatile and small farmers have struggled in recent years, aggravated by climatic phenomena such as El Niño, and there has been a steady increas in rates of childhood malnutrition among the most vulnerable of communities.

Myanmar

Ethnically and religiously diverse Myanmar (also known as Burma) is perhaps best known for the military junta that has ruled this Southeast Asian country since 1962. The international community’s standoff with the military government has led to economic embargoes that have crippled Myanmar’s economy and driven up inflation. And while there were recent signs of a possible political transition, Myanmar remains one of the poorest countries in Asia.

Ivory Coast

In 2002, the year that Action Against Hunger began its work in the Ivory Coast, the country was split between the rebel-held North and the government-controlled South. Health workers had fled the North, so access to basic health services was severely limited, and the only relief was provided by humanitarian workers. The situation gradually improved until 2010, when a disputed presidential election caused a serious national crisis and led to a civil war in 2011.

Haiti

Years of political instability and recurring natural disasters have kept Haiti in an impoverished tailspin, placing one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after another in their path to development, with some 55% of the Haitian population currently living below the poverty line.

Guatemala

Action Against Hunger has been present in Guatemala since 1998, during which we’ve helped communities recover from the effects of several natural disasters and storms, while working with at-risk communities to address endemic economic instability and poverty. Public safety, migration, drug trafficking, education and poor access to clean water and basic sanitation are some of the challenges facing Guatemalans, and more than half of its population lives below the national poverty threshold, being highly vulnerable to seasonal hunger and food shortages.

Ethiopia

Though Ethiopia’s economy has grown quickly in recent years, many of the country’s most vulnerable citizens have not experienced the benefits of this financial upturn and remain dependent on international aid. Some five million Ethiopians—as well as thousands of refugees fleeing drought and violence in neighboring countries—face a wide array of humanitarian challenges, including escalating food prices and persistent drought that threaten their food security.

Bolivia

Bolivia is home to some of the highest poverty rates in all of South America, with over 75% of Bolivian households lacking regular access to basic foods -- conditions that are particularly acute among rural and indigenous communities. In response to this long-standing reality, the Bolivian government instituted a national Zero Malnutrition Program in 2006 that prioritized tackling undernutrition amongst communities experiencing high rates of food insecurity.

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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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