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
'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.'
India: New Growth in India February 15, 2005
If necessity is the mother of invention, then perhaps calamity is the father of community. I thought about this as I stood in the full Indian sun, witnessing a scene that I never imagined could take place.
Indonesia: Faces on the Ground - Page 2 February 14, 2005
Honduras: Sweet Success December 9, 2004
For Victor Rodriguez, the taste of success is sweet. In fact, it has a distinct peachy flavor with hints of pineapple.
India: CHAI Program in India Launches New Initiatives November 4, 2004
A partnership between Portland-based Tazo Tea, Mercy Corps and local implementing partner DEG is improving health care and agriculture in India's impoverished Darjeeling region.
Mongolia: A Growing Market for Farmers in Mongolia November 1, 2004
Vegetable growers and dairy producers in Mongolia's Umnugobi province (or aimag) have begun supplying local produce to one of that country's largest mineral exploration operations.
Kosovo: Milk collection center opens in Kosovo October 13, 2004
In Kosovo, milk is building stronger communities.
Nicaragua: Lush mountains and lofty goals September 1, 2004
Julio Obeguedo is determined to reach the top of the coffee world. He's also resolved to lift other local farmers to that lofty goal.
Nicaragua: Re-inventing tradition September 1, 2004
Magdeleno Benavides' path is a difficult one. After fifteen minutes of hiking, he arrives at the amazingly perilous slope where he's planted coffee under a grove of indigenous trees.
Nicaragua: An integrated farm brings new independence in Nicaragua September 1, 2004
The coffee crisis has meant harder times for Birgina Morales and her family. Her husband has grown coffee all his life, and his father before him. Most of their meager livelihood came from the coffee harvest each year.