The Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition
The Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition is a forward-thinking global initiative that links like-minded organizations and institutions that are involved in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition provides a unique middle ground – a multi-stakeholder platform and forum where those who run top-down and bottom-up development initiatives can meet in a neutral and open environment, share ideas, learn from each other’s successes and lessons, and establish networks for supportive communication within countries, across national borders or with countries in distant parts of the world.
The Alliance provides a space where governments and civil society organizations can find their similarities, build working relationships and, through unity, increase their visibility, recognition and impact. By inviting all who are actively involved in hunger-fighting initiatives to join together, the Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition operates at two levels:
- internationally, as a global partnership that brings together a wide range of relevant stakeholders including UN organizations and international NGOs,
- nationally, at the country level through supporting the establishment and activities of National Alliances Against Hunger and Malnutrition and facilitating linkages among them.
The Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition currently supports National Alliances in 39 countries on four continents with combined populations of more than a billion people. The potential contribution of these 39 country-led partnerships has been recognized by global mechanisms such as the High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF) and the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). In addition, the Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition is working with the FAO Technical Cooperation Department in a pilot exercise for mapping national-level food security actions and resource flows which can be used to guide future development efforts.
Established in 2003 on the recommendation of the World Food Summit, five years later, the Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition was initially supported by the three Rome-based food agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), UN World Food Programme (WFP) - and Bioversity International. Today, the International Alliance comprises the founding agencies and its National Alliances, as well as a host of international NGOs. The Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition operates at the international level through an Advisory Group and is supported by the Secretariat which is hosted by FAO. At country level, the Alliance works through the National Alliances which are mainly self-financed.