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History

A short history of the AAHM

 

The idea of an international alliance to spur greater action in the fight against hunger was proposed by Johannes Rau, President of the Federal Republic of Germany on World Food Day in 2001. Enthusiasm for the initiative grew, culminating in 2002, when participants at the World Food Summit: five years later entitled their final declaration “The International Alliance Against Hunger”. 

Building from this global consensus, the International Alliance Against Hunger was launched in 2003 by the three UN Rome-based food agencies and Bioversity International, each with a unique area of expertise: 

 

“We, the heads of FAO, IFAD, WFP and Bioversity International, are proud to have worked with the international civil society organizations present in Rome to launch the International Alliance Against Hunger (IAAHM) as part of World Food Day 2003.” Solemn declaration by heads of founding agencies. 

Although AAHM started life as the International Alliance Against Hunger (IAAH), during an international consultation, held at FAO Headquarters in Rome in 2010, the National Alliances voted to change the name to the Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition, to reflect the importance not just of fighting hunger, but also of improving nutrition in their countries.