Agricultural improvements have yielded tremendous results, decreasing the number of undernourished people by 167 million in the last ten years alone. However, these improvements have often been made by increasing the amount of land under cultivation – a practice that cannot continue indefinitely. Agricultural expansion has also come at a price: soil erosion, deforestation and water pollution – compounded by higher and more volatile global temperatures – have already begun to reduce agricultural productivity. For this reason, Mercy Corps works to ensure agro-systems around the world are economically productive, nutritionally diverse and efficient – both today and in the future.
We help smallholder farmers – farmers with less than 1 hectare of land – and pastoralists develop their production capacity so they can increase productivity and weather environmental shocks and stresses. We also focus on improving agriculture-related products and services by working with traders, input suppliers, processors and government bodies. And our holistic approach extends further – to improving the nutrition of people who consume agricultural products. This might mean increasing a crop's nutritional value by improving how crops are harvested, stored and transported. We also work with families to help them diversify the crops they grow and educating communities about the benefits and conditions of good nutrition.
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Afghanistan: New Opportunities in a Fertile Land
In Helmand Province, opportunities for women are slim. Culturally-prescribed gender roles restrict their movement outside of their households and villages, limit their access to education and economic options and hinder their positive contributions to civil society at many levels.
North Korea: Mercy Corps sends 100,000 apple tree rootstocks to North Korea
Mercy Corps' ongoing Apple Tree Project was launched in 2000 and has been recognized as a model program for sustainable agricultural development in that country.
Afghanistan: Hatching a New Business
Name: Fawzia Mohammad HazanAge: 35Location: District 7, Kabul (Afghanistan) Over the din of hundreds of cheeping little chicks, Fawzia explains the business plan for her newly launched chick farm.
Mercy Corps Sends NW Grain to Drought-Stricken Eritrea
Afghanistan: A Silver Lining in Northeastern Afghanistan
A Mercy Corps project that got off to a disappointing start in Kunduz Province finished with remarkable results.
Afghanistan: Saving the Darwishan Canal
Engineer Amir Mohammad has worked on many projects during his four years with Mercy Corps, yet there is no question about the most important one: the rehabilitation of the Darwishan Canal.
Afghanistan: Tackling the Obstacles and Harnessing the Opportunities
Twists and turns. Stops and starts. Ever-changing conditions. Adaptation. Obstacles. Success. That is Afghanistan. It also defines Mercy Corps' Emergency Support for Drought and Conflict Affected Populations in Afghanistan program.
Business Services Project
Kosovo: Livestock distribution to RAE communities program
The five municipalities selected as the target area for this project, have large populations of Roma Ashkalia and Egyptian (RAE) communities spread across twenty-two rural villages. The five municipalities include Peja/Pec, Istog/Istok, Suhareka/Suva Reka, Gjakova/ Dakovica and Decani/Deqan.
Kosovo: Milk collection centers program
This program allows Mercy Corps to improve the livelihood of dairy farmers in the Dragas/ Dragash municipality through the establishment of Milk Collection Centres (MCCs).