Most of the world doesn't have the benefit of picking up food from the corner store — they grow it themselves. A family's plot of land has to provide for their nutritional and economic needs.
When food shortages occur due to drought and conflict, Mercy Corps helps prevent hunger and treat malnutrition in the most vulnerable — children, pregnant women, the elderly and the displaced.
Distributing food is necessary in times of crisis, and we always try to procure food from local suppliers to save money, ensure faster delivery and support of the local economy. Learn more about the success of this model in Niger (PDF) ▸
In addition to emergency responses, we quickly focus on long-term solutions that strengthen harvests and livestock for the long-term. Mercy Corps works with families to ensure quality inputs, smart land use, good crop yields and a fair price at local markets.
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Tajikistan: What would you do for an interview? July 22, 2009
Amy promised me pancakes if I wrote a blog entry, and I’ve accepted her terms.
Simple is sustainable July 20, 2009
Looking at the simple and inexpensive — yet powerful — ways to help on our Home page, I’m reminded how needlessly complicated humanitarian assistance can become.
Agriculture for Development July 17, 2009
Uganda: Rain, rain, come and stay July 15, 2009
This morning at 5 am I rolled over in bed and grumpily wondered why I had woken up. My bad mood was washed away as I realized what had roused me from sleep. A low distant rumble, the soft sound of a slight drizzle on the tin roof of the guest house in Pader — it was raining!
Tajikistan: A fragile peace is shaken July 14, 2009
A global partnership to end hunger July 10, 2009
Today’s announcement of a new $3.5-billion investment in agriculture programs over a three-year period demonstrates the Obama administration's leadership on ending global hunger.
Petition to fight world hunger July 2, 2009
More than one billion people went to bed hungry last night. Chances are they will go to bed hungry tonight as well — even though the world produces enough food to feed every man, woman and child in the world.
One billion are hungry June 30, 2009
Last week the UN announced that the number of people suffering from hunger now totals one billion worldwide.
Afghanistan: Renewing a family’s dream of land June 30, 2009
Kosovo: More than run-of-the-mill progress June 29, 2009
The village of Milosheva is a pastoral community of 10,000 residents in the heart of central Kosovo's agricultural lands. It is a typical Kosovo village: still recovering from the conflict of 1999, with high unemployment and few income-earning opportunities for residents.