Hunger Relief in Africa

Learn facts about hunger in Africa and how you can help save lives.

Hunger Relief in Africa

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against hunger across the world. We currently work in more than 20 countries in Africa. We save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. 

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Poverty and Hunger Facts in Africa

  1. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, with 413 million people living on less than $1.90 per day.
  2. 319 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are without access to improved reliable drinking water sources.
  3. 264.2 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were undernourished in 2020.
  4. Africa has the second largest number of undernourished people, after Asia, where 418 million people face hunger. This is largely due to the vast population size of Asia: 4.4 billion versus 1.2 billion in Africa.
  5. 24.1% of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished, the highest prevalence of all regions in the world.
  6. There are about 811 million undernourished people worldwide.

Source 1: The World Bank, 2013
Source 2:  World Health Organization, 2015
Source 3-6: 
State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2020

For Action. Against Hunger.

We save the lives of children and their families. We will never give up. Until the world is free from hunger.

The Impact of Hunger

Lack of access to nutritious food is truly devastating to children, families and entire communities. Watch the story of 13-year-old Keynyang, a brave young boy trying to support his family after conflict forced them to flee their home in South Sudan. With no money or food, his family is trying to survive by eating leaves.

Keynyang's story demonstrates that extreme poverty and hunger is often the result of external factors that are far beyond the family's control. However, with the right support, there is hope. We have more than 40 years of experience of saving lives and supporting self-sufficiency for some of the world's most vulnerable populations. We are able to help communities become more resilient to external factors that cause extreme poverty and hunger, and help families recover from natural disasters or forced displacement. 

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Solutions to Poverty and Hunger in Africa

Action Against Hunger's nutrition and health programs provide lifesaving treatment to children suffering from the deadliest form of hunger: acute malnutrition. We partner with parents and communities to bring treatment to children in need, faster, and we educate and change behaviors to help prevent malnutrition. 

Our food security and livelihoods programs aim to empower vulnerable communities to improve their access to food, income, and markets.  We train and build the capacity of small-scale farmers to increase production, and safely store and market their crops.

In humanitarian emergencies, we provide cash transfers or cash-for-work programs to help families in crisis buy food and support local markets while also enabling them to make their own choices about their most urgent needs. Last year alone, we reach 25 million people around the world with lifesaving and life-changing programs across 44 countries. 

Find out more about our work in Africa by visiting our countries page

For Action. Against Hunger.

We save the lives of children and their families. We will never give up. Until the world is free from hunger.