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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.

Seasons of Hunger: Briefing Paper

This Action Against Hunger | ACF International briefing paper argues that planning for seasonality is an important, though often ignored, principle of smart development. Most of the world’s poor live in rural areas and work in agricultural and livestock economies. For these households, poverty, hunger and illness are highly dynamic phenomena, changing dramatically over the course of a year in response to production, price and climatic cycles.

Beyond Any Drought

Commissioned by the Sahel Working Group—a network of high-profile international agencies including Oxfam, the British Red Cross, CARE International, Save the Children, and Action Against Hunger | ACF International—this report examines how vulnerability is understood and addressed in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso.

Delivering money: Cash transfer mechanisms in emergencies

The aim of this report is to support the implementation of cash projects in emergencies. The report aims to share a range of previous and ongoing experience in the delivery of cash, in order to assist relief workers to efficiently and effectively undertake cash-based responses. Action Against Hunger is a member of the Cash Learning Partnership Steering Committee.

Policy paper: Food security and livelihood teams

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.

Changing Climates, Changing Lives: ADAPTATION STRATEGIES OF PASTORAL AND AGRO-PASTORAL COMMUNITIES IN ETHIOPIA AND MALI

This joint publication analyzes the reactions of pastoralists and agro-pastorialists in Ethiopia and Mali to climate change shocks and stressers. Examining the implications of local perceptions to climate change, this technical report offers policy recommendations that promote food security and climate-resilient livelihoods.

Food Security and Livelihoods Assessments: A Practical Guide for Field Workers

This publication guides field workers on how to implement specific aspects of different food security and livelihood programs. Based on Action Against Hunger’s experiences and investigations over the past 10 years in the field, this manual highlights technical tools and intervention principles that can be implemented in various projects.

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

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.

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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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