Hunger Watch is the ACF International Network’s epicenter for advocacy and research. Based in our London headquarters, Hunger Watch supports ACF’s broader mission of raising awareness and engaging public opinion; packaging and delivering ACF field expertise, analysis, and recommendations to key decision-makers, institutions, and political activists; targeting hunger’s complex of underlying causes; advocating for humanitarian values and outcomes; liaising with academia to exchange scientific research and field-level investigations; and ensuring that vulnerable communities have a voice in international humanitarian deliberations.
Hunger Watch collects, compiles, and packages data and findings from ACF’s extensive field programmes in over 40 countries. These on-the-ground perspectives—gleaned directly from thorough field surveys, regional studies, and ongoing technical research—are used to improve understandings of global hunger and influence responses to humanitarian crises.
Hunger Watch’s current research is focused on defining and measuring the magnitude of malnutrition and its impact on livelihoods around the world. Our research addresses high priority areas in international development and strives to identify hunger’s root causes.
Current research is being carried out on the relationships between:* Malnutrition and violent conflict
* The impacs of HIV/AIDS on hunger and malnutrition—case studies in Malawi and Zambia
* The impact of market instability and climate change on malnutrition rates—case studies in the Sahel
* The relationship between malnutrition and morbidity—case studies in Ethiopia
Our findings and recommendations are used to inform and influence humanitarian practices and policies, enabling Action Against Hunger to enhance its own capacities, fine-tune programme effectiveness, and influence external stakeholders. Hunger Watch also adds value by distilling local perspectives from ACF’s extensive collaboration with local communities. ACF’s painstaking commitment to community participation plays a key role in the development of effective humanitarian strategies and Hunger Watch can bring these lessons to a broader audience.
The Hunger Watch project is critical to the development of ACF-UK’s organizational identity. Its ability to function independently on behalf of ACF’s International Network and the populations we serve enable ACF to further develop its skills and analytical capacities through technical and social research.
Jobs Against Hunger
Head of mission
Nutrition & Health
Water & Sanitation