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Who we are
Overcoming hunger
by fighting its causes.

Action Contre la Faim is a non-governmental organization that has been fighting hunger in the world for nearly 40 years.

Action Contre la Faim

Nearly 811 million people are suffering from hunger around the world. We lead the fight to make it stop.

Created in 1979, our Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) – Action Against Hunger – is fighting against hunger in the world. Its mission is to save lives eradicating hunger through the prevention, detection, and treatment of malnutrition, in particular during and after emergency situations caused by conflicts and natural disasters.

Today, Action Against Hunger is a major player in the fight against hunger in the world. Structured on an international network, our organization provides a coordinated response in nearly 50 countries. Our priority is to have effective actions in the fields and testify about vulnerable population

Since the reasons for hunger are many, our response is multi-sectoral based on solid expertise.

Our 7 fields of expertise

Free and direct access to people in need

Charter of principles

We commit to the following principles:


Action Against Hunger acts according to its own principles in order to maintain its moral and financial independence. Action Against Hunger's actions are not defined in terms of domestic or foreign policies, nor does the organisation act in the interest of any government.


Action Against Hunger maintains a strict political and religious neutrality. Action Against Hunger can however denounce human rights violations it witnesses as well as obstacles put in the way of its humanitarian activities.


Action Against Hunger is committed to respecting a policy of transparency and disclosure for its beneficiaries, donors, and partners by making available all information on the allocation and management of its funds, and by providing independent verification of its good management.

Free and direct access to people in need

Action Against Hunger demands free access to populations in need and direct control of its programmes. Action Against Hunger uses all means available to achieve this goal, and will denounce and act against obstacles that prevent the organisation from doing so. Action Against Hunger also verifies the allocation of its resources in order to ensure that they reach those individuals for whom they are destined. Under no circumstances can partners working together with or alongside Action Against Hunger become the ultimate beneficiaries of the organisation’s programmes.


Action Against Hunger rejects all discrimination based on ethnicity, nationality, opinion, race, religion, sex or social class.


To maximise its efficiency and use of resources, Action Against Hunger bases the assessment, conception, management, and realisation of its programmes on the highest professional standards and years of experience.

About our Charter
Charter of principles

Private, apolitical, non-denominational, not-for-profit, it was created in France to operate worldwide. Its vocation is to save lives by fighting hunger, physiological misery and distress situations that threaten the lives of defenceless men, women and children.

  • In the event of a serious crisis, natural or man-made, threatening food security or causing famine.
  • In the event of a breakdown of the social fabric, linked to internal or external reasons, placing certain popula*ons in a situation of extreme vulnerability.
  • Where humanitarian assistance is a matter of survival.

The association’s action then takes place either during the crisis itself or afterwards. It can also intervene in risk prevention. All ACF’s programmes aim to enable their beneficiaries to regain their autonomy and means of living as quickly as possible without relying on assistance.

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The milestones of our fight

Created in the context of the Afghan crisis in 1979, Action contre la Faim is part of the second generation of NGOs, the "French Doctors", French doctors who in 1968, at the time of the Biafra war, rebelled against the silence of humanitarian aid workers, bound by secrecy and yet witnesses to the worst horrors. Wishing to force this silence by denouncing injustice, these NGOs added testimony to the action.

AFG_2016-10-31_0727 © Sandra Calligaro - Afghanistan FSL Cambodia 2016 -ETH-2014-06-17_19 © Agnès Varriane Leca - Ethiopie Kurdistan irakien, 2017 Kurdistan irakien, 2017 A convoy of trucks moves across the hastily-built pontoon bridge at the Maslenica sea crossing July .. © Reuters Nikola Solic Two wounded Rwandan soldiers limp 23 August as they approach the Panzi refugee camp which houses som.. © Reuters - Patrick de Noirmont CHECHEN REFUGEES QUEUE FOR HUMANITARIAN AID AT SLEPTSOVSK. © Reuters - Vasily Fedosenko IQ MH&CP 2017 Bawiza 04 - Copie Lys Arango A KOSOVAR MAN WALKS THROUGH THE RUINS OF THE OLD TOWN OF PEC. © Reuters - Damir Sagolj AN UNDERWEIGHT COW PULLS A WAGON LOAD OF TIMBER IN KUMCHONG © Reuters - Str Old IMG_4207 © Florian seriex - Irak An aerial view of the holiday resort of Ton Sai Bay in Thailand's Phi Phi island, after a tsunami ... REUTERS/Luis Enrique Ascu ACF-EF-7286 A Haitian sells water next to a destroyed street market in downtown Port-au-Prince REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz A man walks amid rubble of collapsed buildings after what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Douma Eastern Al-Ghouta, near Damascus REUTERS/Mohammed Badra Yemen 2016 Florian Seriex 010_dburgui_KAT_vincent01__MG_5719-1-1024x683 Daniel Burgui Drought threatens lives in Somalia Arif Hudaverdi Yaman / ANADOLU AGENCY

Assistance to Afghan refugees in Pakistan


Emergency Mission to Thailand for Cambodian Refugees


Emergency Mission in Ethiopia to cope with the famine


Assistance to the Kurdish people in exodus during the Gulf War


Mission opens in Bosnia to provide medical and nutritional assistance to displaced persons


AICF is recognized as a Public Utility by the Ministry of Interior. Genocide in Rwanda: Nutritional aid to refugees.


Opening of Chechnya mission during the 1st Russian-Chechen War


AICF becomes Action against Hunger


Emergency distribution in Kosovo


Action against Hunger withdraws from North Korea and denounces aid manipulation


Opening of the mission in Iraq


ACF already present on the spot responds to emergency after the Tsunami in Indonesia and Sri Lanka


Execution of 17 Action Against Hunger humanitarian aid workers by the military in Sri Lanka. To protest against the crime’s impunity, Action Against Hunger leaves the country.


“Food riots” in many developing countries around the world, as a result of a sharp rise in food prices


Beginning of the Syrian conflict in the context of the Arab Spring


Start of the mission in Yemen


Emergency assistance for 180,000 people after earthquake in Nepal


Threat of famine in 4 countries: in Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia. New brand identity for Action Against Hunger


Leading the fight against hunger
Antonio Lopez
eric tran
Raymond Couderc
benjamin Nguyen (1)
Isabelle Triol - photo (1)
marc lescaudron
Dominique Benoist
Robert Sebbag
Herrick Mouafo
Photo Lampriere - close-up (1)
Pauline Veron (1)
Photo identité couleur
Pierre Micheletti

A doctor with a national diploma in public health, he began his first experiences abroad in 1985.

Aïcha Koraichi

Sciences Po Paris' Graduate, Aïcha Koraïchi started her carrier as an organizational consultant for public sector

Caroline Dib
Secretary general

Caroline Dib joined the board of directors of Action contre la Faim in September 2017.

Antonio Lopez
Assistant secretary general

Graduated from ENSAM (Arts et Métiers) in 1976 as an engineer, managed important building projects of power plants in export

Eric Tran

Assistant treasurer

Siences Po Paris’ graduate and master degree in public law’s holder, Fransisco Rubio started his career as legal department supervisor for the Agricultural Ministry in Paris.

Raymond Couderc
Chairperson of the Ethics Committee and Member of the Board of Directors

Since 2017, he his the Hérault delegate for Action Against Hunger.

Benjamin Nguyen
Member of the Board of Directors

Benjamin Nguyen has a 25 years career in diverse NGOs

Laurent Bacos
Member of the Board of Directors

Laurent Bacos started his career in NGOs in 1995 with Action Against Hunger,

Elvira Rodriguez-Escudeiro
Member of the Board of Directors

Isabelle Triol
Member of the Board of Directors

After studying medicine, a DEA in epidemiology and intervention in public health and several field missions with French NGOs

Marc Lescaudron
Member of the Board of Directors

Marc Lescaudron is a humanitarian professional for nearly 20 years and has been teaching professional master's courses in several universities

Dominique Benoist
Member of the Board of Directors

Dominique is now animator of a group for the international NGO ATD ¼ Monde and President of the EPISTOL organization (solidarity grocery store).

Robert Sebbag
Member of the Board of Directors

Herrick Mouafo
Member of the Board of Directors

He is also a lecturer in the academic community and his lessons are based on the “conflict transformation” or the “mutation by conflict” approach as a critical view of the identity notion while discussing the “relation” notion of Edouard Glissant.

Luc Lampière
Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Ethics Committee

Sciences Po’s and Journalist’s Formation Center’s graduate, Luc Lamprière holds a law degree

Pauline Véron
Member of the Board of Directors

Lawyer at the Paris bar specialized in Public Law, Pauline Véron started her career in 1998 at the national education, research and technology minister’s office as parliamentarian advisor

Alain Maïo
Member of the Board of Directors

A volunteer in Action against hunger since the end of 2017, Alain Maïo has been leading the Gard delegation since June 2018.

Key figures

How we use the funds to fight hunger.
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Distribution by type of expenditure

  • Programme and support expenditure 91,6%)
  • Costs of background research and communication (4,7%)
  • Operating and miscellaneous (3,7%)
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Region distribution

  • Africa (132M€)
  • Asia (27M€)
  • Latin America (7M€)
  • Middle East and North Africa (44M€)
  • Europe (6M€)
  • Caribbean (13M€)
  • Others (11M€)

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