A child receiving treatment at a health center in Senegal

What We Do

Our Programs

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. Last year alone, Action Against Hunger served more than 25 million people in nearly 50 countries.

Nutrition and Health

A child is receiving nutrition treatment by Action Against Hunger

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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Food Security & Livelihoods

Photo: Andrew Parsons for Action Against Hunger, South Sudan

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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Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Photo: Lys Arango for Action Against Hunger, Iraq

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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Emergency Response

Photo: Kathleen Prior 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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Research & Innovation

Photo: Toby Madden for Action Against Hunger, Mali

Research is essential to creating a better way to deal with hunger. Our research projects help us to better understand and address the drivers of undernutrition, to improve and expand access to treatment for malnourished children, and to better anticipate hunger crises in the first place. 

These initiatives help to improve the impact, scalability, and sustainability of Action Against Hunger’s programs, as well as to advocate for evidence-based advancements in global policy and practice. Our team drives a diverse research and innovation portfolio and collaborates with a variety of partners, including world-renowned scientific institutions, to develop cutting-edge solutions to support and empower vulnerable populations.

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Action Against Hunger is leading a global movement to end hunger in our lifetimes. It innovates solutions, advocates for change, and reaches 26 million people every year with proven hunger prevention and treatment programs. As a nonprofit that works across 50 countries, its 8,300 dedicated staff members partner with communities to address the root causes of hunger, including climate change, conflict, inequity, and emergencies. It strives to create a world free from hunger, for everyone, for good.