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Action Against Hunger is advocating for a world free from hunger

We want governments to champion the fight against hunger

As well as providing children and their families around the world with support and care, we work to encourage governments to champion the fight against hunger and malnutrition.


The global community has the knowledge and resources to ensure that no child dies from preventable and treatable malnutrition, but the lack of political will means that every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a child needlessly dies from acute malnutrition. Campaigning and influencing is one of the most cost effective ways to build political will and achieve impact on hunger and malnutrition. 

Alongside providing life-saving support to families, we aim to influence the policies and practices of governments to:

  • Address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition
  • Ensure that high-impact programmes and interventions can continue to reach the poorest and most vulnerable people
  • Through our campaigning we aim to deliver sustainable change that will benefit millions of families


In countries with high rates of malnutrition our country staff work to influence national and local government bodies to implement policies that help prevent malnutrition and improve treatment of malnutrition.

At the international level we work to influence decisions from bodies such as the UN Security Council that can affect how the international community responds to incidents of extreme hunger and malnutrition around the world.

In the UK we focus particularly on the UK Government, which provides the largest amount of humanitarian assistance after the United States, as well as being one of the biggest donors to overseas development assistance (ODA), spending 0.7% of their Gross National Income (GNI) on overseas aid. The UK is also an important foreign policy player as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Hungry for peace

Conflict and insecurity, alongside climate change, have been identified by the UN as leading reasons for a recent reversal in a long-term declining trend in world hunger. The UN has estimated that these are the leading factors behind why the number of undernourished people in the world reached 821 million in 2017. This includes up to 4.5 million young children in conflict affected countries who need treatment for malnutrition.

Action Against Hunger advocates around the world to break the cycle between hunger and conflict. We are calling on governments to improve early warning and response to the use of starvation as a weapon of war; prioritise food security and livelihoods; and minimise the impact of security responses to conflict on livelihoods and access to food.

The international community is waking up to the scale of the problem. In May 2018, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2417. It condemns the starving of civilians as a method of warfare and the unlawful denial of humanitarian access to civilian populations, which deprives people of essential means of survival.

Action Against Hunger advocated for the adoption of this resolution by the UN Security Council. We are now focused on advocating to governments to implement it and to go further still to help reverse the growth in conflict related hunger and malnutrition.

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