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.
All stories about Agriculture & Food
Indonesia: Farmers Celebrate Their First Post-Tsunami Rice Harvest September 26, 2005
Kosovo: Living and working together in Kosovo August 19, 2005
Nedzat Cecunjanin, a young man from the village of Vitomirice/a, lived side by side with his Albanian neighbors prior to the 1999 war. The nearby town of Peja/Pec in west Kosovo was one of the most devastated areas in all of Kosovo in the spring of 1999.
Niger: Famine in Niger: Millions at Risk August 10, 2005
More than 3.5 million people — including nearly one million children — in the West African nation of Niger are suffering from severe hunger and could die of starvation soon. You can act immediately to ensure lives are saved.
Lebanon: Filling Healthy Baskets August 8, 2005
India: Bright Shades of Green July 22, 2005
Piryakootai, India - With every step, the people of Piryakootai are reminded of ocean waves that deluged their village over six months ago.
China: Working Together to Fight Poverty May 10, 2005
Two hours into Matthew De Galan’s presentation on non-profit fundraising, his audience is surprisingly lively and attentive. “How do you demonstrate value to donors?” one wants to know. “How often should you report back to supporters on your progress?” asks another.
China: Growing Economies in China May 10, 2005
Behind the headlines about China’s double-digit Gross Domestic Product growth and thriving middle class, there is a more complicated story of entire regions that continue to live in desperate poverty.
China: Reaching New Heights May 10, 2005
Fuan, a bustling coastal city of three million people, appears to have a lot going for it: plentiful natural resources, an important military base and a major trading partner just across the water.
India: Partnering for Families in Coastal India March 24, 2005
Mercy Corps is restoring livelihoods and ensuring a better, more secure future for many of the estimated 890,000 tsunami-affected residents of the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu.
'Without These Animals ...' March 7, 2005
The second guide on my journey was Dr. Frewengel Semereab, the manager of Mercy Corps' busy agriculture team since September 2002. An enigmatic man and philosopher, Frewengel professes a deepening admiration for existing community customs since beginning this ‘social work.'