Since arriving in 1999, we have helped create a more stable and secure future for Mongolia in the wake of increasing pressures like climate change. In 2018, we reached over 274,000 people all across the country.
With a population of more than 3 million people across 603,900 square miles and less than five people per square mile, Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country in the world. Half of the total population — 1.6 million people — live in rural areas.
Mongolia has been an independent state since the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911 and had close ties with the Soviet Union up until the end of the Cold War. Since 1990, Mongolia has been a multiparty state with a coalition government, similar to that of most countries in the European Union.
Over 30 percent of the total population makes a living in agriculture. Animal husbandry, or animal herding, is the main source of income for Mongolian agricultural workers. Unfortunately, the livelihoods of Mongolian agricultural workers and their families are under threat by the growing impacts of climate change.
Mongolia’s temperatures are increasing rapidly. Since 1940, Mongolia's temperature has increased by 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2.2 degrees Celsius), three times the global average increase of 33.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius).
Poverty and poverty-related issues such as food insecurity and undernutrition are pressing issues for millions of people across Mongolia. One of out every four people in Mongolia live in poverty and one out of every five people are undernourished. This issue will only be exacerbated by the growing threat of climate change.
Despite these challenges, the people of Mongolia are optimistic that a better tomorrow is coming. By helping ease the impact of climate-related stressors, increasing agricultural development and promoting economic opportunity, we are helping build a stronger future for everyone in Mongolia.
The Mongolia field team is made up of 46 members and is led by Country Director Wendy Guyot. Out of all 46 members, 44 are native to Mongolia and have a unique and personal understanding of the issues facing their country and individual communities.
Our work covers a wide range of issues facing Mongolians including mitigating the growing impacts of climate change, increasing economic development and promoting the health of the agricultural industry. We are helping Mongolian farmers protect their livestock from the growing severity of climate change by introducing new techniques on veterinary care, destocking/restocking and more. To increase economic development while making a healthier agricultural industry, we are supporting small businesses in the agricultural and veterinary sectors and connecting young herders with business opportunities.
Since 1999, our work in Mongolia has reached millions of people. Here are a few of our most recent results:
- Nearly one in five of our direct beneficiaries in 2018 were children and young people under 35 years old.
- We provided more than 90 portable corrals, 32 squeeze chutes, 22 cattle head gates and 300 vetcare boxes for private veterinarians in program provinces.
- Our Advanced Weather Information (AWI) service — an on-demand mobile messaging system — connects herders in all 330 districts to real-time weather and pasture information.
- We’ve trained more than 26,000 people in livestock destocking and restocking, veterinary care, supplementary feeding, water provision and shelter, emergency guidelines and settlement.
How to help
Mongolia: In Mongolia, winter looms on the edge of the earth
One-third of all Mongolians are nomadic herders—one of the hardest lives on earth. Mercy Corps is working to help them survive the harsh conditions and build a stronger future.
Mongolia: New techniques protect herders’ traditional way of life
In southwest Mongolia, the mix of soaring snow-capped mountains and sweeping sand dunes makes for a stunning landscape — but a tough life for residents trying to raise livestock between two harsh environments.
Mongolia: Yak slippers point to the future of small business
Holding a child's slipper — deep chocolate brown with a strong leather sole — I marvel at the fine warmth of the yak felt and realize this is not just a shoe.
Mongolia: Songs of success
Tserennadmid is a woman with plenty to sing about. Her company, Zugraan Egshig, or Six Tunes, is a thriving tourism and produce business located in an especially scenic region of Mongolia's Arkhangai province.
Mongolia: Khureltogoo, carpenter in rural Mongolia
Since 2005, Khureltogoo has secured two loans totaling $16,000 thanks to guarantees provided by Mercy Corps. He used them to renovate a workshop, add a drying facility and purchase high-powered, modern equipment.
Mongolia: Changing the economic face of Mongolia
Ms. Tsegee has an infectious smile. I first met her in the Mercy Corps office I am visiting here in the Western Mongolian Province of Uvs. Ms.
Mongolia: Ed Roberts bikes ~300 miles for Mercy Corps/Baatar Hero!
Baatar Hero friend, colleague and Liverpool football fan Ed Roberts will be participating in TWO insane bike rides this summer for charity: The Tour de Blast and the STP. For both rides, he will be raising money for Mercy Corps, towards the Baatar Hero goal.
Mongolia: D-z-u-d spells "disaster" for Mongolian herders
Ever heard of a "dzud"? It's pronounced zuhd, and it's an extraordinarily harsh Mongolian winter -- the kind where temperatures plummet, animals freeze to death, and you can enter your house only through the roof because that's how high the snow is.
Mongolia: Mongol Ralliers and Mercy Corps interviewed on New Day Northwest!
On Wednesday I had the great privilege of representing my team, Baatar Hero — along with Christine from team Just A Steppe Away and
Mongolia: “Don’t give us aid, give us a chance!”
Congratulations to the Mercy Corps Mongolia team for winning the 2010 Disability inclusion Award given by InterAction!