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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.

Enough: Why the Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty

Enough, a new book by Wall Street Journal reporters Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman, vividly explains how neglect and bad policies have kept more than a billion of the world’s poorest people hungry and calls readers to action in the eradication of this deadly scourge. Thurow and Kilman’s previous reporting on famines in Africa was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Severe Drought Causes Acute Malnutrition Spike in Eastern Mali

Gao, Eastern Mali—International humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International has issued an appeal for urgent action to counter the alarming rates of acute malnutrition in Gao, an eastern region of Mali. Surveys carried out in the area reveal that 16% of children under five—more than 1,600 in total—have moderate or severe acute malnutrition, a proportion that exceeds the World Health Organization’s emergency threshold of 15%.

Thousands Displaced by Georgia-Russia War Still Lack Basic Services

New York, NY—One year after the Russia-Georgia conflict over South Ossetia, nearly 30,000 people displaced during the fighting still lack sufficient access to potable water and adequate sanitation, according to the results of a joint study carried out by Action Against Hunger (ACF), UNICEF, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

World’s Hungry Exceeds One Billion

The number of hungry people in the world has passed the one billion mark for the first time ever, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. This means that one in six people go to bed desperately hungry every night.

Cornell University Students Partner with ACF to Fight Global Hunger

Written by: OreOluwa Badaki, Cornell University Student

Big Red Relief is a student organization at Cornell University devoted to promoting communal action for the good of mankind. Our organization began when Cornell students decided to throw a benefit concert for the victims of the 2005 South Asian Tsunami. Since then, the Big Red Relief Concert has become the largest annual fundraiser event at Cornell University.

Madrid Food Summit: Consensus on Priorities, But No Action Plan Emerges

Delegates at this week’s “High-Level Meeting on Food Security for All” have agreed to prioritize hunger and food insecurity as part of the international community’s response to the global food crisis. Acknowledging that hunger now affects close to a billion people, the meeting’s closing statement signalled broad agreement on the need to address global hunger in all its facets—from treating life-threatening acute malnutrition to investing in small-scale agriculture, from safety nets to social protection programs.

NGO Nutrition Coalition: Recommendations for a Future Global Partnership on Agriculture & Food Security

The G8 made the commitment in July 2008 to address the food crisis through the creation of a "Global Partnership”, which is now known as the "Global Partnership on Agriculture and Food Security” (GPAFS), which would take forward the Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA).

One of the key objectives of the Madrid Conference is to officially launch a consultative and inclusive process which will lead to the creation of the Partnership.

As key stakeholders, we make the following recommendations which we see as critical to an effective GPAFS:

Action Against Hunger’s Community-Based Programs in D.R. Congo

While the current crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire) has drawn attention to this sprawling Central African country, this is only the latest chapter in a cycle of crises that started during the rule of Mobutu Sese Seko, Congo/Zaire’s president from 1965 to 1997 and continued after his fall.

ACF to Improve Poor Conditions in Georgian Relief Shelters

With an estimated 20,000 people still displaced in the aftermath of the recent Georgian conflict, the humanitarian aid organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International has initiated an emergency intervention in Tbilisi. In addition to poor hygienic conditions in shelters, food is scarce and expensive. "In Tbilisi, the price of staple foods such as flour and sugar continues to rise," says Vincent Stehli, desk officer for Action Against Hunger in Caucasus.

Emergency Teams Assist Displaced Georgians

The humanitarian agency Action Against Hunger (ACF-USA), which has been present in Georgia since 1995, will provide assistance to displaced people in Kutaisi, Georgia’s second largest city, where more than 13,000 have been temporarily accommodated.

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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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