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Action Against Hunger’s methods for identifying and rescuing populations afflicted with acute malnutrition are internationally renowned, having pioneered revolutionary nutrition products and field tested treatment protocols that have become industry standards.

From rural mountain villages to the confines of refugee camps to ethnically divided cities, Action Against Hunger treats and prevents malnutrition in over 40 countries around the world. Our programs are launched most often during times of crisis and focus on the most vulnerable, including young children and women who are pregnant or nursing.

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:

UN Food Summit Could Miss Critical Target: 55 Million Malnourished Kids

If next week’s Madrid Food Summit does not come up with a concrete implementation and funding plan focused on malnutrition, 55 million children under five will continue to face life-threatening malnutrition, according to global humanitarian organizations Action Against Hunger | ACF International and Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

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.

Ending Malnutrition: How New Tools are Reshaping Our Options on Hunger

The numbers are stark and heartbreaking: Every year, nearly 20 million children across the world will suffer from severe acute malnutrition. More than five million of them will die. Countless others will suffer permanent physical damage, including stunted growth and developmental delays.

But the outlook for these children does not have to be so grim. Organizations such as Action Against Hunger have made huge strides in learning how to treat acutely malnourished children.

Assessments Ongoing, Instability Reigns in Eastern D.R. Congo

The international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International has dispatched emergency teams to North Kivu, D.R. Congo, where tens of thousands have been displaced in the latest round of armed conflict between government troops and rebel militias. The teams are assessing on the ground conditions in the Sake-Minova axis, west of Lake Kivu.

ACF Mobilizes Emergency Response to Crisis In Haiti

The humanitarian aid organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International is gravely concerned about the catastrophic situation that Haiti, and the city of Gonaives in particular, faces after the passage of three successive hurricanes.

Torrential rains and heavy winds have continued to batter Haiti for more than two weeks, accompanying the three hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike. Gonaives remains very difficult to access due to complete flooding and the destruction of many facilities in the city.

Leading Children’s Clothier Joins ACF to Fight Childhood Malnutrition

The humanitarian aid organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International has recently partnered with Estella, a leading retailer of designer children’s and baby clothes, who plans to donate one packet of “Plumpy’nut”—a hunger-fighting superfood—for every purchase made from the store during the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons. From September 2008 to January 2009, Estella will donate the monetary value of “1 bag of Plumpy’nut” ($0.60) per transaction.

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.

Highlighting the Role of Hunger at International AIDS Conference

The International humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger / ACF-USA has been selected to present its findings on the vital role that proper nutrition can play in alleviating the ill effects of AIDS at the upcoming International Conference on AIDS (Mexico City, August 3-8, 2008). The conference’s official scientific committee selected and validated ACF’s groundbreaking field research based on the aid organization’s recent experiences in Malawi and Mali.

Dependence and Devastation in Liberia: Global Food Prices Wreak Havoc in Monrovia

The humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) released a report detailing the devastating impact of rising food prices in Monrovia, Liberia where vulnerable communities can no longer feed themselves and rates of acute malnutrition are rising dramatically. Action Against Hunger has recorded a 40% increase in admissions to therapeutic nutrition programs in Monrovia from January to June of 2008—a clear indication that vulnerability has become acute as rates of malnutrition climb.

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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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