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 farmers 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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Indonesia: Impossible Odds Yield an Unforeseen Triumph
“The rice is growing better! It is growing faster! Oddly enough, I think that it has been fertilized by the tsunami,” says an ecstatic and smiling Abdullah looking at the golden shade dominating the landscape of Keuneu Ue village.
Afghanistan: Forsaking the Flower for a More Hopeful Future
As Afghanistan struggles to lift itself from decades of conflict and oppression, a flower threatens to keep its society down.
Ethiopia: Turning Over a New Leaf in Ethiopia
Indonesia: Plotting a Better Future
As she surveys the red dots, blue lines and multicolored polygons projected on a screen, Daphne Karypis sees much more than a map of Indonesia’s Aceh Province. She sees the future of humanitarian work.
Indonesia: New Hope for Tibang
Ethiopia: Protecting Livestock, Building Assets
Indonesia: Farmers Celebrate Their First Post-Tsunami Rice Harvest
Kosovo: Living and working together in Kosovo
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
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