The curious line stretched across the wall of a village house, deep in the Sindh province of southern Pakistan. It was high—taller than my five feet and eight inches—and the village elders kept pointing at it as we stood in an otherwise spotless community outpost. They kept telling me about the progress they had made with the help of the international community in the year since the devastating floods of 2010.
Poor rains in the Sahel have led to depleted crop yields and pastures. In late October the government of Niger announced that this year’s harvest has left a deficit of more than 500,000 tons of cereals, meeting a mere 14 per cent of the population’s annual needs. With communities still reeling from the effects of the severe drought of 2009-2010 which affected 10 million people, hundreds of thousands of people now face food shortages.
Despite its recent history of political instability and recurring humanitarian crises, last year the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo celebrated 50 years of independence from Belgium. Despite the huge challenges faced by the country since its birth on 30 June 1960, the government ensured that the celebrations spanned the length and breadth of the D.R.
As international leaders descended on the coastal city of Durban, South Africa to determine environmental restrictions on some of the world’s worst pollutants, Action Against Hunger has urged the UN’s 2011 Climate Change Conference to act swiftly to institute programs to stave off the catastrophic effects that climate shocks are already having on developing countries.
Thousands of families across northern Uganda are slowly rebuilding their lives as they recover from two decades of civil war and displacement. This process is doubly important for the women of northern Uganda, who, as central household figures, must overcome ingrained struggles of abuse if their families are to overcome hunger and poverty.
Three months after devastating monsoon rains caused extensive flooding in southern Pakistan for the second consecutive year, Pakistan faces a critical shortage of emergency funding—despite the government’s request for international assistance—with millions of in need of critical support as winter approaches.
An assessment carried out by humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger | ACF International following torrential rains and flooding triggered by a tropical depression in Guatemala, has shown that over 16,700 families have been affected in the worst hit coastal departments of Escuintla, Santa Rosa, Jutiapa and San Marcos. In response, Action Against Hunger is preparing to distribute drinking water, hygiene kits and ready-to-use foods to meet the immediate needs of the most affected...
If combatting hunger and malnutrition around the world has previously seemed like an impossible task, Action Against Hunger’s latest series of publications – Zero Hunger- stand as proof that a considerable reduction in malnutrition is feasible, and in some cases has already been achieved, when governments and societies work together.