More than 1 billion people worldwide live in chronic hunger—endangering the health, mental capacity, economic productivity and well-being of people in the world’s poorest nations. The causes of hunger are complex and include low agricultural yields; high food prices; poor nutrition and health status; inequality among community members; natural resources depletion; and humanitarian emergencies. Hunger remains among the world’s top public health challenges. UNICEF estimates 60 percent of child deaths in developing countries are from malnutrition, and those that survive hunger in the early stages of life are at risk from irreparable physical and mental health issues.
Mercy Corps believes that the human capital exists to eradicate chronic hunger and malnutrition. Mercy Corps currently operates 45 programs focused on food security, worth more than $250 million, in more than 20 countries. These projects work with communities and households to develop and implement sustainable approaches to meeting their own food needs and improve food availability, access and utilization, as well as the ability to withstand shocks.
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Mercy Corps is also committed to sharing its best practices and lessons learned with the broader non-governmental organization (NGO) community, for example through Mercy Corps’ position as Agriculture and Natural Resource Management lead on the Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) program, funded by the USAID office of Food for Peace (FFP). TOPS strengthens the capacity of FFP grantees in Title II countries to deliver high quality and effective food assistance by fostering collaboration, innovation and knowledge sharing about improved food security and nutrition practices. For more information click here or visit the TOPS supported FSN Network website: www.fsnnetwork.org.
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The Global Food Crisis Response Program May 27, 2010
The overall goal of the Global Food Crisis Response (GFCR) program was to improve immediate and medium-term food security, while laying the groundwork for long-term solutions in vulnerable communit
Food Security Sector Approach September 15, 2009
What is Food Security?
Food Security Sector Overview September 15, 2009
This document is a shorter and more simplified version of the Sector Approach. It gives an overview to the sector and why it is important to international relief and development work.
Food Security Sector Update Fiscal Year 2009 September 15, 2009
This document offers a snapshot of the sector’s programming strategy, progress and future outlook current for the Fiscal Year 2009 (July 2008 to June 2009).
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Guidelines August 4, 2009
These guidelines act to provide context, a toolbox and a how-to manual for Mercy Corps program managers looking to implement water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects or programs, regardless o
Thirsty for Knowledge April 29, 2009
Back in 2005, Mercy Corps began an effort to reduce malnutrition and food insecurity for families in rural Tajikistan.