Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition (AAHM) – Multiple Approaches, One Global Partnership
  • The Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition (AAHM) is a forward-thinking global partnership that links like-minded organizations and institutions involved in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, through a network of National and Regional Alliances. Created by the UN Rome-based Food Agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP) and Bioversity International, the Alliance’s mission is founded UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 1 and 8, which seek to end poverty and hunger and reinforce global partnerships. The AAHM provides a neutral multi-stakeholder platform where those who run top-down and bottom-up development initiatives unite to share knowledge and develop coordinated actions in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, thus increasing their recognition and impact.
     
    While the Rome-based Secretariat works to create access for National and Regional Alliances to participate in policy dialogue, an Advisory Group - including members of international NGOs, founding agencies and partner organizations – ensures coherence of the AAHM strategies with the mandates of its parent organizations.
     
    At the country and regional levels, the AAHM’s 60+ National and five Regional Alliances provide the real force for moving the AAHM toward its goals of contributing to the elimination of hunger and malnutrition. They gather a wide range of institutions operating within their respective countries – from grassroots to governments – to ensure strong mobilization of on-the-ground activities and policy reforms that recognize the need of concerted efforts to alleviate hunger and malnutrition.  Each national alliance sets its own goals and strategies. The result is a rich variety of approaches which national alliances can share through the AAHM network. As the number of alliances grows, their impact at national, regional and global level is increasing.
     
    By facilitating the development of National and Regional Alliances and fostering relationships between them, the AAHM is instrumental in strengthening global food security and nutrition (FSN) governance and offers a unique ground where multiple FSN frameworks can build upon.
     
    Within the context of nutrition, for instance, the AAHM helped to bring forward the international agenda through its Alliances. At the national level, the focus of the AAHM in addressing the direct and indirect causes of malnutrition has a long tradition. The work of numerous national alliances in promoting nutrition education targeting pregnant and lactating women, children under five and primary school children.
     
    At the global level, the AAHM took an active role in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement - created upon initiative of the UN system’s High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF) - and contributed to provide recommendations for actions to scale-up nutrition and build political commitment to prioritize the 1,000 Days for mothers and children.
     
    Within the AAHM’s National and Regional Alliances, professionals contribute as members in offering their expertise to the existing networks. Should you be interested in joining the Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition, the AAHM Secretariat, serving as node for coordination amongst the Alliances, will be pleased to link any interested member of ICDA to our existing national and regional partnerships. For more information and to join the AAHM, please visit http://www.theaahm.org/join-the-alliance/en/.