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: 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.
Tajikistan: From tomatoes to empowerment June 23, 2009
While we’re spending this month focused entirely on the transport and distribution of wheat flour, lentils and oil to nearly 5,000 women, it’s actually a small component of USAID and Mercy Corps’ Single Year Assistance Program (SYAP) here.
The multiplier effect of wine June 22, 2009
I have to admit, one of my favorite field visits involved moderate intoxication, plates of sausage and gales of hearty laughter.
Tajikistan: It's lunchtime! June 22, 2009
Working out in the field is exhilarating for so many reasons. It’s a chance to see the program in action; to meet with locals and hear their stories; and to take in the stunning landscape that this country offers so effortlessly. Oh, and then there’s lunch.