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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Lebanon, Syria: Feeding the future: School lunches set kids up for success
Hunger is a stark reality for many refugee and low-income students in Lebanon. Find out how we got healthy lunches to thousands of children who needed them most.
Liberia: Emergency funds lift families up after Ebola
Markets and livelihoods came to a halt when the worst outbreak of Ebola in history swept through West Africa. Find out how cash is helping hard-hit families get back on their feet.
Guatemala: Healthy mothers make happy families, hopeful futures
We taught mothers in rural Guatemala how to improve the lives of their children through nutrition, hygiene and pregnancy care. Learn how the lessons are giving them a brighter, healthier future.
South Sudan: Escalating warfare drives more families toward hunger
Increasingly brutal fighting has put 4.6 million people at risk of going hungry — the highest number since the start of the crisis. Learn how we're helping families meet their urgent needs for survival.
Guatemala: Tea and spice growers working for healthier futures
Growing tea ingredients is a precarious livelihood. That's why we've worked with Tazo Tea over the last decade to support farming communities in India and Guatemala. Meet a few people who now have a brighter future.
Mali: A better life grows from four tons of potatoes
After an extended period of drought and conflict, Fatoumata was having trouble making ends meet. Learn how we’re helping her harvest more food and provide for her family.
Nepal: Taking a risk on ginger
Santu had a bountiful ginger farm, until one year she lost it all to disease. Learn how we helped her overcome challenges and build back even stronger.
Uganda: A tiny seed transforms a community
Better training is boosting incomes for sesame-growing families in Uganda. Meet one couple who is investing in their future.