Nothing is more basic to human well-being than having enough nutritious food to eat. Yet one in every eight people in the world — 842 million — are trapped in a cycle of hunger and poverty.
The reality is that most of the world doesn't have the benefit of picking up food from the corner store — they grow it themselves. Hunger is a crisis when disaster ruins the harvest. It is a cycle when families cannot grow or buy enough to lead healthy, productive lives, and when the effects of malnutrition are passed on to the next generation.
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. We distribute vouchers, cash or emergency rations, working with local suppliers to speed delivery, save money and boost local economies.
In addition to emergency responses, we focus on long-term solutions that build future food security.
Mercy Corps helps famers manage their land, increase their harvests and diversify crops to produce a larger, more nutritious, and stable food supply. By teaching nutrition and hygiene, we ensure families can utilize their resources to boost their health. And we connect farmers with new markets and introduce more efficient methods of tending productive livestock and processing and storing crops to increase incomes for years to come.
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Uganda: Seeing the work first hand November 2, 2009
Uganda: Seeds of Sunshine September 24, 2009
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Indonesia: Bringing joy back to Aceh September 16, 2009
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Mongolia: A harsh reality for Mongolia's herders September 8, 2009
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Niger: Climate change and Niger August 31, 2009
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Indonesia: Crickets, crackers and chairs August 14, 2009
Tajikistan: Lord of the bees August 6, 2009
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Afghanistan: Well worth the effort July 28, 2009
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