Hilda Simon, 57, prepares her granddaughter Annie, 10, for school in Dickson, a village in southern Malawi. Annie and her sister and brother are orphans, and were taken in by their grandmother when their parents died four years ago. Many African villages like this have been hard hit by disease, including HIV and AIDS, leaving children to be cared for by relatives. Yet this village has also been hard hit by drought in recent years, leading to chronic food insecurity, especially during the "hunger season," when farmers are waiting for the harvest. In addition to providing emergency food, the ACT Alliance is working with farmers in this village to switch to alternative, drought-resistant crops, as well as installing an irrigation system and utilizing other improved techniques to increase agricultural yields.