Food Security & Livelihoods

A woman in her cabbage patch
Stuart Tibaweswa
Action Against Hunger, Uganda

Partnering with Communities to Improve Food Security

Action Against Hunger takes a tailored approach to address communities’ needs and harness their unique resources, boosting agricultural production, jump-starting local markets, and supporting small businesses. These efforts enhance sustainable sources of food and income while strengthening local food systems.

Supporting Women to Fight Hunger

Our hunger prevention programs focus on women first. Why? In nearly two-thirds of the world’s countries, women are more likely than men to suffer from food insecurity. At the same time, women are our most powerful allies in the fight against hunger. Women who participate in household decisions produce and earn more – women also reinvest as much as 90% of their income back into their families, helping to improve health, nutrition, and more.

A mother and a father stand smiling with their two sons outside of their home in Bangladesh.

By improving families' access to nutritious food and increasing their incomes, we can prevent malnutrition and help children grow up healthy and strong.

A mother and a father stand smiling with their two sons outside of their home in Bangladesh.
A child disabled by severe malnutrition at a young age is receiving motor skills training at the Rehabilitation center for the physically disabled (CRHAM) supported by ACF. Here, he is surrounded by the mother of another child like him and by his grandmother. Bangui, CAR. 2022
Rosina Chenangat, 38, is the leader of the kitchen garden which is an initiative of the Mother-to-Mother support group in Kapkitony Village in West Pokot, Kenya.

What We Do

Emergency Assistance

When disasters destroy infrastructure and food supplies, when violence forces thousands to flee, or when drought disrupts food production, Action Against Hunger responds with food, cash, and other basic supplies to prevent hunger in the short-term and help communities build resilience against future emergencies.

Financial Planning for Women

Through our savings and loans groups, women pool their resources and can borrow to invest in a new business or to cope in an emergency.

Climate-Smart Farming Methods

Action Against Hunger uses an environmentally-friendly approach to helps people make the most of their local natural resources – including land, water, soil, and seeds – and grow nutritious foods, diversify their crops, and build up local markets.

Farmers’ Cooperatives

To foster collaboration and learning, we create and support farmers’ cooperatives. Some of these groups come together to collectively rent land for farming, while others share lessons learned with each other. In Uganda, many farmers’ groups are negotiating fair prices for supplies and creating local demand for nutritious crops like mushrooms.

Job Skills & Small Business Support

From small grants for families recovering from conflict, to seeds and tools to invest in family farms, to livestock and veterinary services, to small business assistance, we help families regain self-sufficiency.

Growing Rice in Floodwaters

In Paguir, South Sudan, years of flooding have left the communities with little to no crops and few animals. See how the introduction of rice has transformed their lives.

Ashraf Qasqariya, a trainer at the Farmer Field School (FFS), conducts a Community Mobilization Session on Kitchen Gardening in Jamot Village
Khaula Jamil
Action Against Hunger, Pakistan
Anceran preserves her crops using solar driers.
A mother and child talk with an Action Against Hunger psychosocial worker.
Sébastien Duijndam
Action Against Hunger, Iraq

At our Farmer Field Schools, agriculture experts teach farmers climate-smart growing techniques, introduce nutritious, resilient crops, and provide plots for people to practice what they’ve learned.

Advancing Farming Techniques

Climate shocks, such as prolonged and severe droughts, can impact the quality of soil, harvest yields, and nutrition levels in food. We work with farmers to revitalize the earth so crops can thrive.

Growing Vegetables and Livelihoods

With training from Action Against Hunger, Anceran preserves her crops using solar driers. Now, she grows enough to feed her family and sells the excess to her neighbors.

How the ‘Mother of Vegetables’ Turned Her Life Around

[It was] everything I needed. I never imagined that one day I would have all this. Life has completely changed.”

— Saadya, mother and business owner

Iraq: Displaced Moms Find a Way to Rebuild


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