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Food Security & Livelihoods

Action Against Hunger’s food security and livelihoods programs tackle the root causes of hunger: problems of access and production.

Encompassing a wide array of activities customized to meet a community’s specific needs, our programs are designed to bolster agricultural production, jumpstart local market activity, support micro-enterprise initiatives, and otherwise enhance a vulnerable community’s access to sustainable sources of food and income.

Photo Story: Harvests and Hope in Burkina Faso

Editor’s note: In the West African nation of Burkina Faso, many families struggle to make ends meet in the face of a weak economy, the aftermath of the food crisis in the Sahel region, frequent cholera outbreaks, and an influx of refugees from neighboring Mali. To address the underlying causes of malnutrition in the rural village of Birminga, Action Against Hunger helped local women establish a vegetable garden.

Five Years After the Earthquake, Help and Hope for Mothers in Haiti

Editor’s note: Five years ago this week, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti. In Port-au-Prince, Action Against Hunger partnered with the local aid agencies to empower single mothers who struggled to provide for their families in the aftermath of the disaster. Today, we’re sharing their incredible stories of resilience.

ACF Uganda: Life of a Woman Activist in Northern Uganda

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.

ACF Uganda: Lessons from Northern Uganda in Addressing Gender Based Violence

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.

ACF Democratic Republic of Congo: Impact of Cross-Sectoral Approach to Addressing Konzo in DRC

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.

ACF Kenya: Participatory Risk Analysis & Integrated Approaches to Increasing Resilience of Pastoral Communities in Northern Kenya

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.

Guideline for Enhancing Climate Resilience and Food and Nutrition Security

This document provides technical guidance by offering a set of concrete practical orientations to enhance climate resilience and food and nutrition security, and complements other tools developed by ACF including the Disaster Risk Management tools.

Post-Harvest Losses and Strategies for Reduction

Post-Harvest Losses (PHL) management is recognized as an important component of global efforts to optimizing agriculture’s full potential for ensuring food and nutrition security. PHL reduction can greatly contribute to ACF efforts in combating hunger and improving food security and livelihoods for vulnerable populations. The objective of this technical paper is to provide background information on Post-Harvest Losses by highlighting some concepts and problems of postharvest food losses in cereals and perishable crops as well as critical factors go


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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