It is my great pleasure to write this oreword or Action AgainstHunger’s annual publication. This is an important and much-needed publication rom an organisation that contributes to theght against hunger around the world in truly remarkable ways.For more than three decades, Action Against Hunger has hada constant and irreplaceable role in running programmes tocombat hunger and undernutrition in many parts o the worldaected by natural disasters and confict. The work it does toprovide relie or the immediate needs o people aficted by disaster and to promote initiatives ensuring their sel-suciency is renowned. The organisation has also done much toraise awareness o the devastating scale and impact oundernutrition, especially in children under ve years o age.Sadly, in too many cases, child undernutrition is only diagnosed and treated once consecutive recurring criseshave reduced the ability o the child’s amily to providea protective, healthy environment.Recurring crises are the oten predictable and preventablecrises which bring the most vulnerable communities in theworld to their knees. Yet they are requently overlooked by media, donors and politicians. They include endemic,seasonal ood shortages; extreme and destructive weatherevents such as cyclones and droughts; outbreaks o diseasedue to poor sanitation and unsae drinking water; andviolent confict, sparked by ew but impacting many. Vulnerable amilies lack the resources to build resilienceto these crises. Thereore even small shocks orce them toexhaust their resources and leave them in an even weakerposition to survive the next one.This publication sheds long overdue light on the burden orecurring crises. It also highlights some o the innovativeactivities undertaken by Action Against Hunger to build theresilience o vulnerable communities and to prepare themor the onset o the next crisis.It shows that hunger is not inevitable. It can be ought withsuccess and rooted permanently rom the ace o the earth.Hunger is an injustice which is intolerable, especially as itscauses are well known and the means exist to tackle it.However, more than anything else, political will is neededto ensure the implementation o programmeswhich prevent the worst eects o crisesbeore they happen.
Aó Maarha Mr
Former President o Cape Verdeand Advocate or Nutritionin West Arica
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