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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.

ACF User's Manual: Fertilizers

This manual was produced at the same time as the ACF position on agrochemicals. It aims to facilitate the operational roll-out of the positioning and support the field teams in setting up and implementing agricultural projects where the use of fertilizers may be considered. 

Implementation of the "Market for the Poor" approach: Capitalizing on the experience of the South Caucasus

In February 2006, ACH began implementing the markets for the poor approach in its projects in the South Caucasus region, specifically in Armenia and Azerbaijan, as part of the food security strategy. ACH's food security intervention in these countries has evolved from an emergency intervention during the collapse of the Soviet Union to a rural development intervention according to the evolution of each country from 1994 to the present.

A Descriptive Overview of ACF Food Aid Programmes in 10 countries

The objective of this capitalisation document is to synthesise recent ACF experience in food aid programming. It provides an overview of a set of food aid projects and the means required to implement them. The target public is ACF personnel invovled in food aid operation design and implementation. The core part of the document is a synthetic comparative table of the interventions. 

Implementing cash-based interventions: A guideline for aid workers (French)

A growing body of experience and literature shows an interest in alternatives to in-kind distributions, where people are given cash or vouchers instead, which they use to acquire the items they need. In this manual, these are broadly called "cash-based interventions". ACF has been implementing food security projects for more than 25 years and have included some cash-based interventions but these have been limited in number relative to other food security interventions. The purpose of this module is to provide ACF with a practical guide for implementing cash-based interventions. 

Implementing cash-based interventions: A guideline for aid workers

A growing body of experience and literature shows an interest in alternatives to in-kind distributions, where people are given cash or vouchers instead, which they use to acquire the items they need. In this manual, these are broadly called "cash-based interventions". ACF has been implementing food security projects for more than 25 years and have included some cash-based interventions but these have been limited in number relative to other food security interventions. The purpose of this module is to provide ACF with a practical guide for implementing cash-based interventions. 

Identification of vulnerable people in urban environments: Assessment of sustainable livelihoods and urban vulnerabilities (French)

This methodological guide is designed for use by field practitioners, and was conceived in response to several problems: proliferation of food crises in urban environments; difficulty targeting the most vulnerable population among all those affected by urban poverty; breakdown of social structures; and official betrayal or non recognition of disaffected neighborhoods.

Micro Finance Services for Vulnerable Populations

The objective of this position paper is to update and clarify ACF's positioning vis-a-vis the use of financial activities to reach its mission. The microfinance sector has changed signifcantly since the time of ACF's last position paper (2004) and since then ACF has implemented several programs using financial services. The paper clarifies the concepts and looks at various types and modes of micro-financing. 

Introduction to food security intervention principles

ACF's commitment to improve food security translates into programmes for food and economic support, water supply, sanitation, health and nutrition education, hygiene promotion and psychosocial support, which have a short-term focus while also helping the populations move towards self-sufficiency. Food security and livelihood programmes are an important part of ACF's varied response to this plague and this booklet covers some of the action in this area.

Income generating activities: A key concept in sustainable food security (French)

Income generation can help to overcome food insecurity when economic factors are a fundamental cause of food insecurity and when food is available in local markets but lack of money is the main difficulty faced by the vulnerable population. This book is about income generating activities, and the principles and methodologies of this line of intervention that the ACF food security teams have been developing during the last few years on the field. 

Income generating activities: A key concept in sustainable food security

Income generation can help to overcome food insecurity when economic factors are a fundamental cause of food insecurity and when food is available in local markets but lack of money is the main difficulty faced by the vulnerable population. This book is about income generating activities, and the principles and methodologies of this line of intervention that the ACF food security teams have been developing during the last few years on the field. 

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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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