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    Thatcher Cook for Mercy Corps  </span>
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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.

Download our Food Security Approach below to read more about our strategy.

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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