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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.

An Everyday Emergency: Fighting Malnutrition in Rural Niger

I’m in Niger, visiting our nutrition and food security programs in Mayahi, a rural area of Maradi region, with Ousmane, our Advocacy Officer for Niger. As we drive through the hustle and bustle of Maradi, the nation’s commercial capital, it’s strange to think that this region also has some of the highest malnutrition rates in the country. After a 30-minute drive, however, the scenery changes: the paved road, shops, houses, and cars are replaced by sand, trees, and straw huts.

The Philippines, One Month After Haiyan

One month after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, some fourteen million people across nine provinces are still feeling the effects of the deadly storm. Action Against Hunger’s emergency response teams continue to work tirelessly to provide safe water, basic sanitation and hygiene, food and shelter to those who have lost everything. So far, we’ve reached 650,000 people in need.

Mothers on a Mission: Women's Support Groups Strengthen Communities

 
Action Against Hunger’s commitment to ending malnutrition goes beyond just addressing its immediate symptoms. We also tackle the underlying causes of hunger, which include problems like weak local economies and lack of access to food. Many mothers of young children in the communities we serve face these challenges, so they understand—and are in a unique position to positively change—the issues that affect their children’s nutritional health. 

Mothers supporting mothers

Saving Lives and Livelihoods: the Race for Recovery After Typhoon Haiyan

In the catastrophic wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Action Against Hunger’s first priority has been saving lives. But saving livelihoods—the ways that people earn money and access food—is equally important for recovery. So while our emergency response teams aim to provide immediate lifesaving assistance to some 650,000 typhoon survivors, we’re also developing strategies to help restore economic self-sufficiency to the vulnerable communities in Tacloban and Capiz. 

How Do We Feed Our Growing Population?

As the world’s population continues to grow, achieving global food security—producing enough nutritious food that everyone can access, and doing so sustainably—is one of the greatest challenges we face today. By 2050, it is projected that there will be 9.2 billion people on the planet, and recent estimates suggest that food production will have to increase by 70% if we are to feed everyone. So the question remains: How do we feed our growing population? 

ACF-USA Technical Postition Paper: US Government Food Assistance Reform Proposal

This positioning paper declares ACF-USA's stance on food assistance reform. ACF-USA supports the Obama Administration food aid reform proposal, which would end the inefficient use of monetization programming, increase flexibility to use cash and voucher programming for food assitnace and increase the US Government's ability to use local and regional rather than US-procured commodities in situations where commodity food aid is necessary. 

After Coup, Economic Collapse: Instability Remains in Central African Republic

Bernadette, a grandmother in the capital city of Bangui, Central African Republic, cares for her granddaughter, who is being treated for malnutrition at an Action Against Hunger supported health center. Bernadette is staying with her granddaughter through treatment while her daughter, the little girl’s mother, keeps working—they cannot afford to lose what little income she brings in for the family.

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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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