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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Mongolia: Market Watch Keeping Herders in Mongolia Informed December 18, 2001
An Egg Seller Turned Entrepreneur November 30, 2001
Kyrgyzstan: Pride in Hard Work November 30, 2001
Alla Kulbeda is the director of the Krasnaya Rechka (Red River) Special Boarding School in northern Kyrgyzstan. The boarding school raises and educates orphans with "oligophrenia" - a disease that impairs a person's ability to think.
Mongolia: President Carter, Financier Soros Meet with Mongolia Staff July 25, 2001
Billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros and former United States President and philanthropist Jimmy Carter paid separate but simultaneous visits to Umnugovi province in the heart of Mongolia’s Gobi desert on September 8 and 9.
Mongolia: Oasis in the Gobi Desert July 23, 2001
[Editor's note: This story was prepared by Layton Croft, Program Director for Information Systems with the Gobi Regional Economic Growth Initiative. Other stories he has written about the positive impact partnerships and information have played in Mongolia’s rural development.]
Mongolia: Harbinger of Prosperity in the Gobi Region July 5, 2001
Afghanistan: Gates Foundation sends relief to Afghanistan June 14, 2001
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing $300,000 for Mercy Corps’ Afghan Drought Relief and Rehabilitation project.
North Korea: US/Canadian Aid to North Korea March 26, 2001
Mercy Corps Participates in Global Food Program January 4, 2001
Mongolia: Mercy Corps To Help Rural Mongolians With $4.4 Million Program December 24, 2000
Mercy Corps has been selected by the Government of Mongolia to receive and sell 40,000 metric tons of wheat donated by the US Department of Agriculture.