Action Contre La Faim France (Paris Cedex 17, )

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  • Organization Name:Action Contre La Faim France
  • Address:14/16 Boulevard Douaumont - CS 80060
    Paris Cedex 17 75854

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  • Mission:
  • While the fight against hunger had previously been integrated into more general humanitarian action (the fight against poverty, promoting better health, etc.), ACF’s founder members created an organisation specializing in the problems associated with hunger.

    ACF’s mission consists of saving lives via the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition, in particular during and following disasters and conflicts. The organisation focuses its activities on an integrated approach, taking various aspects into account:
    - Nutrition, health and healthcare practices
    - Food security and livelihoods
    - Water, sanitation and hygiene
    - Advocacy and awareness-raising

  • Overview:
  • Set up in 1979, Action contre la Faim (ACF) is an internationally recognized non-governmental organization committed in the fight against undernutrition and in preparation and responses to humanitarian disasters. It is active in some forty different countries and works in the fields of nutrition, health, mental health, care practices, food security & livelihoods, water, sanitation, hygiene and disaster risk management. ACF’s humanitarian challenge is based on over 35 years of technical and scientific expertise, and is supported by operational research.

    ACF has always considered a priority to implement research activities in order to contribute to improving the positive impact of humanitarian programmes on the most vulnerable populations, especially since 2007, with the creation of a specific Research Department. ACF undertakes applied research within its country of interventions, in collaborations with national and international scientific partners, according to its international strategic plan for research and to field needs.
    For example, ACF evaluated the effectiveness of two different approaches (Ready-to-use Food, associated or not to a Food for Training programme) to prevent acute malnutrition in children 6 - 36 months old belonging to at-risk neighborhoods of Abéché (Chad) in collaboration with Gent University through the implementation of a clusters randomized trial in Abéché. This led to operational recommendations for the different stakeholders and to scientific publications.

    ACF research is applied research, based on field needs assessments, which aims at providing not only recommendations at the international level but also tools and methods to be used by field practitioners. Currently, there are 10 on-going research projects in the missions in humanitarian crises settings.

  • History:
  • Action against Hunger was founded in 1979 by a group of French intellectuals in response to the emergency in Afghanistan. These included Françoise Giroud, Bernard Henri Lévy, Marek Halter, Alfred Kastler (a Nobel Laureate in physics), Guy Sorman, Jacques Attali, and several other doctors, journalists and writers. While the fight against hunger had previously been an element of more general humanitarian action (the fight against poverty, promoting better health, etc.) they founded an organisation that was exclusively dedicated to ending hunger. Action against Hunger is now recognised as one of the leading organisations in the fight against hunger worldwide.

    - 1979
    Creation of Action Against Hunger. The organisation forms part of a new generation of independent NGos (non-governmental organisations) that reject silence surrounding injustice and seek to bear witness and report on atrocities, while taking action to end them.

    - 1995
    Action Against Hunger has developed within the framework of an interdependent international network (ACF-IN) and has opened two additional headquarters in Madrid and London to better respond to the needs of populations.

    - 1997
    The network expanded with the opening of a fourth headquarters in New York.

    - 2005
    Opening of a fifth headquarters in Montreal.

  • Year established:1979
  • Endowment:Yes


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:Other

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Types of funding being sought (i.e. funding type)

  • Program:Yes
  • Endowment:Yes
  • Direct:Yes
  • Operating:Yes
  • Research:Yes
  • In-kind or Product Donation:Yes

Program areas of focus and activity (i.e. funding cause)

  • Disaster Relief:High
  • Education:Medium
  • Health:High
  • Public Benefit, Society Benefit:Low
  • Science, Technology:Low

Geographic areas of focus and activity (i.e. geographic area)

  • International:Yes