Peru

Photo: Max Cabello for Action Against Hunger, Peru
Population
31.4 million
Human Development Index
87 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
32 employees
Program Start
2007

People Helped in 2019: 5,385

2,379
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
853
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
2,153
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Peru has experienced significant economic growth over the past decade, but the gap between rich and the poor has not diminished. The country has laudably reduced child malnutrition rates, but undernutrition remains a problem in the rural Andean regions where some 40% of families live in extreme poverty, over 30% of all children under five are chronically malnourished, and six in ten children are anemic and in need of iron supplements.

Active in Peru since 2007, Action Against Hunger’s teams carry out a range of food security programs that aim to combat child malnutrition and chronic micronutrient deficiencies while working to strengthen government health systems and community based organizations to improve information systems, promote breastfeeding, and strengthen commitments to biofortification and nutritional supplements for children under three years of age.

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In 2019, Peru’s social, political and economic context was highly unstable. Economic growth was reduced to less than 3 percent, and hunger has grown, now affecting 9.7 percent of the population. Peru also has received a constant flow of migrants from Venezuela, which is starting to generate xenophobic reactions. 

Action Against Hunger implemented a comprehensive response to the humanitarian emergency following the arrival of more than 850,000 Venezuelans to the country, with 80 percent in Lima. Our teams worked to strengthen capacities at the regional, municipal and community levels to reduce the high levels of child malnutrition in rural areas and to improve employment and entrepreneurship among young people and women in northern Lima.

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