Food security

Food security

Around the globe, ACT Alliance works to create food security, improve livelihoods and put in place agricultural schemes to address food shortages at household levels and beyond. Millions of people across the world face food shortages and malnutrition. It is the poor who suffer most.

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Around the globe, ACT works to create food security, improve livelihoods and put in place agricultural schemes to address food shortages at household level and beyond. Millions of people across the world face food shortages and malnutrition.  It is the poor who suffer most.

The food and financial crises have seen food prices soar and household incomes drop. Now, more than ever, ACT recognises the need to invest in agriculture, food safety nets and social protection programmes if food insecurity is to be addressed.

On the humanitarian front, ACT acknowledges that food aid is only a short-term intervention during a crisis. It recognises that it must address food aid within a wider trade and livelihoods framework so it protects rather than destroys livelihoods long-term.

ACT has articulated a policy on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), recognising that use of GMOs in emergencies is complex.  Any organisation distributing and promoting GMO food aid and seeds carries a high responsibility regarding food safety and biodiversity to its constituency, partners and society in general.

ACT supports the “Food for Life” advocacy campaign of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance.

Latest news about Food security

Deadly disease on rise in drought-hit Angola

Deadly disease on rise in drought-hit Angola

Dec 17, 2013

17 December 2013 - Heavy rains in Angola have sparked fears a cholera epidemic in southern provinces of the country will worsen, resulting in significant loss of life.

World Renew linking relief and rehabilitation with development

World Renew linking relief and rehabilitation with development

May 31, 2013

31 May 2013 - ACT member World Renew links short-term humanitarian interventions with longer-term development to ensure that the injection of resources impacts on long term goals in Niger.

Six stories chronicle lives renewed after years of calamitous Pakistani floods

Six stories chronicle lives renewed after years of calamitous Pakistani floods

Apr 04, 2013

Read stories reported from the field that describe the impacts of ongoing support to flood-affected Pakistani communities since 2010.

Devastation caused by landmines reaches far beyond injury and death

Devastation caused by landmines reaches far beyond injury and death

Apr 04, 2013

04 April 2013 - Richard MacCormac, head of humanitarian mine action for DanChurchAid, talks about the dangerous and multi-faceted nature of landmine clearance.

Unequal access to clean water threatens international peace

Unequal access to clean water threatens international peace

Mar 22, 2013

Unequal access to clean water still remains one of the world’s biggest abuses of human rights and challenges to development – creating millions of avoidable illnesses and deaths every year.

Ten years in Darfur translate to hundreds of thousands of lives saved

Ten years in Darfur translate to hundreds of thousands of lives saved

Mar 13, 2013

Ten years ago, ACT Alliance and Caritas teamed up in Darfur to provide life-saving essentials, health care and education to hundreds of thousands of civilians fleeing violence. Read what else has been accomplished in the last decade.

Ten years on, Darfuris still arriving at camps

Ten years on, Darfuris still arriving at camps

Feb 26, 2013

Newly uprooted Darfuris continue to arrive in camps after shooting and violence drove them from their homes in recent weeks.

Faces of Darfur reveal realities of camp life

Faces of Darfur reveal realities of camp life

Feb 20, 2013

See the human impact of nutrition, water, medical and other programmes in the faces of Darfur civilians living in camps for the internally displaced.

As Syrian conflict mounts, refugee numbers likely to exceed UN estimates

As Syrian conflict mounts, refugee numbers likely to exceed UN estimates

Feb 19, 2013

As the bitter battle for Damascus intensifies and its impact increasingly spills across national borders, ACT Alliance expects that even more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees will seek safety in neighbouring countries before June 1 this year – thereby surpassing the latest UN estimates.

Conflict in Mali threatens to deepen humanitarian crisis across Sahel

Conflict in Mali threatens to deepen humanitarian crisis across Sahel

Jan 28, 2013

The conflict in Mali is creating a new wave of civilian displacement that is straining already scarce resources and deepening the humanitarian crisis in Mali and neighbouring countries.

Aid community marks three years since Haiti quake

Aid community marks three years since Haiti quake

Jan 12, 2013

While the effects of Haiti's devastating earthquake are still being felt, pockets of progress provide cause for optimism, according to this podcast.

Award-winning documentary series launches new season with profile of ACT member

Award-winning documentary series launches new season with profile of ACT member

Jan 09, 2013

A profile of Church World Service kicks off the 18th season of a popular U.S. documentary series and features an interview with ACT governing board member, Donna Derr.

Cambodia moves toward enhanced stability

Cambodia moves toward enhanced stability

Jan 09, 2013

Long-term ACT development projects in northern Cambodia are providing stability for villages hit by floods two years ago that left 1.2 million people homeless.

Campaigners link right to food with climate justice

Campaigners link right to food with climate justice

Dec 10, 2012

The inextricable link between climate change and food security within a human rights framework is being discussed by the international community with increasing urgency.

Flood victims assisted in Chad

Flood victims assisted in Chad

Dec 06, 2012

Tens of thousands of people have been affected by flooding in parts of central, eastern and southern Chad following heavy rains in July and August this year.