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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.

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. 

Introduction to food security intervention principles (French)

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.

Policy paper: Food security and livelihood teams (French)

This policy paper provides an overview of Action Against Hunger | ACF International's food security & livelihoods interventions, offers a conceptual framework governing these programs, and highlights the key principles to be followed in undertaking this humanitarian work.

Food Aid Strategy

Food security in ACF was orignally based on the World Bank's definition in 1986: 'To ensure access and availibility of enough food of appropriate quality to all persons at all times.' Today the utilization of food is also taken into conserdation when considering food security programs and interaction with the nutrition service. This document briefly outlines ACF's Food Aid strategy in its impacts, modalities and types of interventions. 

Evaluation Policy Guideline: Enhancing Organisational Practice through an Integrated Evaluations, Learning & Accountability Framework

The ACF Evaluation Policy seeks to maximise the use of evaluations findings at all levels of ACF, including field, HQ and the (ACF) International Network as a whole. The Policy is also desgined to ensure greater consistency and quality across individual evaluations by avoiding the constant redesign of evaluative frameworks, ensuring common standards across ACF programmes. 

Cash-Based Interventions

This position paper aims to provide a brief summary of cash-based interventions in general and within ACF in particular, and to tackle some of the current contentious issues.  It also provides some practical guidance for the design and set up of cash-based interventions and outlines future directions for cash-bashed interventions within ACF. 

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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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