About Action Against Hunger
Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger.
As the world’s hunger specialist, our primary goal is to create a better way to deal with hunger. For 40 years, we led the global movement that aims to end life-threatening hunger for good within our lifetimes. Our teams have been on the front lines, treating and preventing malnutrition across nearly 50 countries. We save the lives of children and their families. We are there for them before and after disaster strikes. We enable people to provide for themselves, see their children grow up strong, and for whole communities to prosper. We constantly search for more effective solutions, while sharing our knowledge and expertise with the world. We push for long-term change. We will never give up. Until the world is free from hunger.
- Lifesaving impact in 45+ countries
- 8,000+ field staff assisting more than 20 million people
- 40 years of expertise responding to emergencies caused by conflict, natural disasters and food crises
Our global efforts save hundreds of thousands of lives each year, but millions of undernourished children remain in need of lifesaving treatment. We are committed to doubling the number of children who receive urgent hunger care, from three million to six million by 2020.
The world needs a better way to deal with hunger. Together, we're creating it. For everyone. For good.
Why our work matters
About 821 million people go to bed hungry every night, and one in three children in low- and middle-income countries suffers from chronic undernutrition. Nearly half of all child deaths worldwide are from causes related to undernutrition, even though it is:
- PREDICTABLE: We know where and when to expect acute undernutrition
- PREVENTABLE: We know how to help children stay healthy
- TREATABLE: Community-based outpatient programs and therapeutic ready-to-use foods can help save millions, and just $45 can provide a child with lifesaving treatment
We know how to provide lifesaving treatment to undernourished children when we can reach them.
What People Are Saying
"I’ve been covering humanitarian crises since the 1990s and have often been impressed by Action Against Hunger. The nightly news can seem overwhelming but remember there are effective ways to fight hunger and overcome poverty. With groups like Action Against Hunger, you can be part of the solution."
— Anderson Cooper, CNN Journalist
"Action Against Hunger is in war-torn countries that many fear to tread. They are technical people who forgo modern comforts to assist local populations and refugees. Though they want to eliminate the need for their services, humanity is unwilling and forces them to witness the most heinous actions."
— Nelson Mandela
"Almost one-fourth of children worldwide are physically stunted from malnutrition. We see the physical impairment but not the cognitive impairments that will hold a person back—and a country back—for decades afterward. Groups like Action Against Hunger are laying the groundwork for strong adulthoods."
— Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times, "How to Make the World a Bette, Read More