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: 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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Kosovo: Livestock distribution to RAE communities program April 28, 2003
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Kosovo: Milk collection centers program April 28, 2003
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Afghanistan: Civil Society in Afghanistan: A Framework for Long-term Impact February 18, 2003
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India: One cup at a time December 19, 2002
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