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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.

Local Voices: A Community Perspective On HIV and Hunger in Zambia

This report documents the findings of Local Voices, a six month research project that provided HIV orphans, vulnerable children and their caretakers with the opportunity to voice the difficulties they face providing food, water and healthcare for their families. Through detailed interviews and discussions, the project carried out a dialogue with 20 families from four areas of Zambia.

Women and Hunger: Women play a central role in the fight against hunger

As the principal providers for families around the world, women are key partners in the struggle to end hunger and agencies must incorporate such realities into the very design of their humanitarian programs.

Feeding Hunger & Insecurity: The Global Food Price Crisis

Action Against Hunger | ACF International’s latest Hunger Watch briefing paper, this publication surveys households in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Central African Republic in the wake of the global food crisis and finds that inflated food prices may not have an immediate impact on acute malnutrition at the national level, but that they have a significant and consistent impact on livelihood

Feeding Hunger & Insecurity: Field Analysis of Volatile Global Commodity Food Prices, Food Security, & Childhood Malnutrition

Rapid price increases in early 2008 led to riots in over 30 countries that sparked international calls for action and repositioned as global priorities the need to combat hunger and reinvigorate local agriculture. Action Against Hunger | ACF International’s in-depth field study, Feeding Hunger & Insecurity, reminds us the crisis is far from over and that urrgent funding is needed to translate global policy into effective, targeted responses addressing the needs of those most affected.

One Crisis May Hide Another: Food Price Crisis Masked Deadly Child Malnutrition

A briefing paper by Action Against Hunger | ACF International and Doctors Without Borders on the occasion of the UN High Level Meeting on Food Security For All in Madrid, this briefing paper lays out the commitments that government representatives, UN leaders, and institutional donors must make in Madrid if we are to have an impact on global malnutrition.

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.

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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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