What We Do: Our Programs

Photo: Lys Arango for Action Against Hunger, Senegal

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children. We ensure everyone can access clean water, food, training and healthcare. We enable entire communities to be free from hunger. In the past year, Action Against Hunger's global network served more than 21 million people in 47 countries.

Nutrition and Health

Photo: Action Against Hunger, Mauritania

Action Against Hunger works not only to treat acutely malnourished children through a community-based approach, but also to improve child survival and prevent undernutrition by addressing its underlying causes. Our technical expertise is internationally renowned, due to our 40 years of operational experience in countries with the highest burdens of hunger, and also due to our contributions to developing revolutionary nutrition products and field testing treatment protocols that have become international best practice. We aim to increase the number of children worldwide who are screened and treated for undernutrition and to build the capacity of local health systems to treat undernutrition. We are committed to research, partnerships, and learning that will allow us to continually improve policy and practice to end undernutrition in all its forms by 2030.

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Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Photo: T. Frank for Action Against Hunger, Uganda

An estimated one in nine people still does not have access to safe drinking water, and more than half of the diseases in the world are caused by inadequate sanitation and unclean water. Waterborne diseases are one of the top killers of children under five and one of the major drivers of undernutrition. Action Against Hunger is improving the health of vulnerable children and families around the world, and preventing needless child deaths, by working in partnership with communities to strengthen infrastructure and systems to provide clean water, safe sanitation, and good hygiene.

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Food Security & Livelihoods

Photo: J. Asenbrennerova for Action Against Hunger, Democratic Republic of Congo

Hunger and undernutrition are often linked to extreme poverty and lack of access to available, sufficient, nutritious food. Action Against Hunger's 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. 

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Emergency Response

Photo: S. Rahman Saed for Action Against Hunger, Bangladesh

Every year, humanitarian emergencies caused by conflicts and natural disasters devastate millions of people and leave them unable to meet their basic survival needs. The world's poorest communities are most vulnerable to such emergencies, which can destroy people's minimal assets, uproot them from their homes, disrupt or destroy harvests and infrastructure for livelihoods, and cut people off from access to markets and basis services for water and health care. Action Against Hunger is deeply committed to the humanitarian imperative to save lives and alleviate suffering. Responding to the needs of populations affected by natural disasters or armed conflicts and respecting their dignity is central to our mandate as an international humanitarian organization.

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Action Against Hunger is the world’s hunger specialist and leader in a global movement that aims to end life-threatening hunger for good within our lifetimes. For 40 years, the humanitarian and development organization has been on the front lines, treating and preventing hunger across nearly 50 countries. It served more than 21 million people in 2018 alone.