Action Against Hunger

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Action Against Hunger (known internationally as Action Contre la Faim, or ACF International) is an international humanitarian organization with a stated mission to end world hunger. Action Against Hunger specializes in responding to emergency situations of war, conflict, and natural disaster. Their programs in nutrition, water and sanitation, food security, health care, and advocacy serve more than 5 million people in over 40 countries.[citation needed]



Action Against Hunger (ACF) was established in 1979 by a group of French doctors, scientists, and writers with a mission to end hunger worldwide. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Professor Alfred Kastler served as the organization’s first chairman.

ACF moved to provide assistance to Afghan refugees in Pakistan, famine-stricken Ugandan communities, and Cambodian refugees in Thailand. ACF expanded to address humanitarian concerns in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the Balkans and elsewhere in the 1980s and 1990s. Action Against Hunger’s Scientific Committee pioneered the therapeutic milk formula (F100), now used by all major humanitarian aid organizations to treat acute malnutrition.[citation needed] As a result, the global mortality rate of severely malnourished children under the age of five has been reduced from 25% to 5%.[citation needed]

Action Against Hunger – USA was established in 1985 and became the first member of what is now ACF International. ACF International currently has headquarters in five countries – France, Spain, the United States, Canada and the UK. All members of the ACF International Network agree to a charter of principles: independence, impartiality, nondiscrimination, free and direct access to victims, professionalism, and transparency.

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