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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Afghanistan: New Opportunities in a Fertile Land June 2, 2004
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North Korea: Mercy Corps sends 100,000 apple tree rootstocks to North Korea May 24, 2004
Mercy Corps' ongoing Apple Tree Project was launched in 2000 and has been recognized as a model program for sustainable agricultural development in that country.
Afghanistan: Hatching a New Business May 21, 2004
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Afghanistan: A Silver Lining in Northeastern Afghanistan December 24, 2003
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Afghanistan: Saving the Darwishan Canal August 27, 2003
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Afghanistan: Tackling the Obstacles and Harnessing the Opportunities August 27, 2003
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