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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Timor-Leste: Women's Empowerment and Childhood Malnutrition in Timor-Leste March 11, 2014
Timor-Leste remains one of the poorest countries in Asia, by all development indicators.
Somalia: What Really Matters for Resilience? November 22, 2013
What really matters for resilience?
Myanmar: Video: Building Community Resilience for Food Security in Myanmar February 15, 2013
Since February 2011, MC Myanmar has partnered with 8,800 food insecure households in 80 villages in Mandalay, Rakhine, and Chin States to implement its "Building Community Resilience for Food Secur
2012 Roadmap to End Global Hunger July 24, 2012
Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risks to health worldwide: almost one billion people go to bed hungry each night and malnutrition contributes to one-third of all child deaths.
Nepal: Global Food Crisis Response - Far-Western Nepal April 27, 2011
The Global Food Crisis Response (GFCR) project in Western Nepal began in September 2008 and continued through February 2011.
Tajikistan: Thirsty for Knowledge December 14, 2010
Women living in the remote mountainous region of Tajikistan known as the Rasht Valley benefited in many ways from participating in the 2005-2009 Development Assistance Program (DAP) funded by USAID
Programme de Réponse à la Crise Alimentaire Mondiale May 27, 2010
Le but global du programme de Réponse à la Crise Alimentaire Mondiale (RCAM) était l’amélioration immédiate et à moyen terme de la sécurité alimentaire, tout en établissant les bases pour des solu
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.