This is the first annual report from leading NGO, Action Against Hunger. It presents an accessible jargon free account of the causes and consequences of acute malnutrition around the world. It is the most up to date account which will be valuable to journalists, policy makers and anyone working in international development.
The report assesses the problem of acute malnutrition from the ground up. Beginning with the immediate causes of hunger (inadequate dietary intake and disease) it progresses to study the larger structural and social factors that perpetuate it. Case studies include the impact of HIV/AIDS, conflict, weak markets, mortality and malnutrition.
This analysis draws on 450 surveys undertaken by Action Against Hunger, presenting maps and graphs to give a comprehensive global overview of malnutrition. The report recommends that a shift in traditional emergency objectives needs to be considered as part of a holistic approach to persistent hunger.
Action Against Hunger is an international, non-governmental, non-religious, non-profit organisation that was created in Paris in 1979. Since then, it has developed into an international network, with headquarters in Canada (Montreal), France (Paris), Spain (Madrid), the UK (London), and the US (New York). Samuel Hauenstein Swan heads Hunger Watch, Action Against Hunger's research and advocacy department. He is the co-author of Seasons of Hunger (Pluto, 2008). Bapu Vaitla is an advocacy and research officer for Action Against Hunger. He is co-author of Seasons of Hunger (Pluto, 2008).
Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction Report Summary 1. The Burden of Survival:Inside the Pain of Darfur's Livelihood War 2. Free Markets, Imprisoned People: Niger and The Dangers of Deregulation 3. Portraits of a Pandemic: Families on the Abyss in Zambia and Malawi 4. The Meanings of Dignity: Quiet Tragedies and Indomitable Spirits in Ethiopia Postscript References