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 famers 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.
All stories about Agriculture & Food
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.
Nicaragua: Hatching a new plan September 1, 2004
Adelina Aguileres doesn't put all her eggs in one basket. Instead, she shares the load with several other women in her area.
Mongolia: Hard Work and Smiles for the Family of the Weeping Camel July 6, 2004
Throughout the Gobi and much of Mongolia, the Bactrian Camel (the two-humped version) is ubiquitous. It has become an emblem for tourists and locals alike.
Afghanistan: New Opportunities in a Fertile Land June 2, 2004
In Helmand Province, opportunities for women are slim. Culturally-prescribed gender roles restrict their movement outside of their households and villages, limit their access to education and economic options and hinder their positive contributions to civil society at many levels.
Afghanistan: New Hope Flows Into Zad Kamar June 2, 2004
Zad Kamar is a Pashto community in a predominantly ethnic Tajik area of northeast Afghanistan. Located in Khanabad District (Kunduz Province), it was situated along the front-line of the war between the Pashto-majority Taliban and the Northern Alliance.
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
Name: Fawzia Mohammad HazanAge: 35Location: District 7, Kabul (Afghanistan) Over the din of hundreds of cheeping little chicks, Fawzia explains the business plan for her newly launched chick farm.
Mercy Corps Sends NW Grain to Drought-Stricken Eritrea February 10, 2004