Make a donation

Your browser is not up to date.

If you wish to view the Action Against Hunger website correctly, update your browser.
Find the latest versions of supported browsers listed below.


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






Everyone should have enough to eat and access to a varied, sustainable diet. We are a long way from achieving this. In 2021, we supported 24.5 million people by tackling the consequences and structural causes of hunger. War, the climate crisis, and socio-economic and gender inequality are the main reasons behind it. We unite, act and provide solutions, for and with communities. Because the solutions are out there, and we at Action contre la Faim know how to stop hunger being inevitable.



We take action on the ground

so we are activists


We take action on the ground both here in France and worldwide. We operate everywhere, in all contexts, and we save lives in emergencies while helping to build sustainable solutions for the long term. We use our solid expertise to work locally with and alongside communities in fifty-one countries.





Our approach to humanitarian assistance rests on the belief that collective mobilisation is fundamental in order to ensure that our actions have a widespread effect. That is why 95% of our 8,000 collaborators are from the countries where we operate. We work with international and local NGOs, states and donors, companies, universities, schools and citizens. We come together with those who are battling hunger, without whom we would be nothing. There is no such thing as small actions, small gestures. Only big ambitions.

Let’s harness our strengths, our talents, our ideas and our voices to further this fight.




Founded in 1979, our association is a non-governmental organisation focused on international solidarity. In other words, Action contre la Faim fights hunger all over the world. Conflict, climate imbalance, poverty and unequal access to water and care are just some of the causes of malnutrition. Our mission is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations linked to conflicts and natural disasters.




Today, Action contre la Faim is one of the leaders of the fight against world hunger. Our non-profit organisation, structured as an international network, helps to provide a coordinated response in the countries where we operate. For our association, which has been recognised as an organisation of public utility in France, the priority is to take concrete action on the ground and to bear witness to the experiences of the populations we support.

Originally created by a group of French doctors and intellectuals, our international solidarity NGO saves millions of lives every year, mainly in Asia, South America, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, but also in Europe. Since 2019, Action contre la Faim has been a member of Alliance Urgences: a group of 6 NGOs whose goal is to create a surge of national solidarity around specific humanitarian emergencies.

The causes of hunger are multiple, so we provide a multi-sector response based on real 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.

fermer le détail


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.

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.

Executive board


Jean-François Riffaud

Executive Director

Jean-François heads the Executive Committee of Action contre la Faim and provides leadership and strategic vision to the teams in 25 countries. He is an influential leader in the fight against malnutrition.
Jean Baptiste

Jean-Baptiste Lamarche

Director of Logistics and Information Systems

For 26 years, Jean-Baptiste has been leading logistics and the information systems of humanitarian operations of the biggest crisis, on the field and at Action contre la Faim HQ for 15 years.

Pascal Revault

Director of Expertise and Advocacy

Pascal has a 30 years of experience in research and practice in solidarity organizations, particularly in the health department, rights defense, and ecology.

Alice Ponsero

Director of Finance and Administration

Alice started her career in strategy & consulting, then in microfinance. She joined Action contre la Faim where she drives economical stakes and makes sure of the good financial management.

Charlotte Schneider

Director of Operations

From Country Director in Haiti and Afghanistan, Emergency Director to Paris City Hall’s policy developer on integration of refugees, Charlotte has over 20 years’ experience in the humanitarian and development field.

Frédéric Wehner

Director of Human Ressources

Social rights expert and humanitarian, Frederic has built his career internationally with 360° jobs before specializing, since 10 years, in human resources management.

Lucie Codiasse

Director of Communications and Development

With a strong field experience in Iraq and Calais, Lucie has a 15 years experience in communications and marketing with international brands for the fight against hunger.

Key figures

How we use the funds to fight hunger.
a b c

Distribution by type of expenditure

  • Programme and support expenditure 91,6%)
  • Costs of background research and communication (4,7%)
  • Operating and miscellaneous (3,7%)
a b c d e f g

Region distribution

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

Stay informed of our latest news

Your e-mail adress is used to send you newsletters from Action against Hunger.
You can unsubscribe at any moment by using the link of unsubscription in the newsletter.
To know more about your data management and your rights.