Heather Hanson Heather Hanson, Director of Policy and Advocacy Heather Hanson’s stories Fasting for the poor and hungry For the last four days, I've been helping fight hunger by changing my diet. I've chosen a diet similar to that of many of the people Mercy Corps works with around the world: basic staple foods like rice, beans, greens and a bit of fruit. Let's address hunger in tough countries on World Food Day Tomorrow — Saturday, October 16th — is World Food Day. Two years ago at this time there were media reports almost daily about the impacts of the “global food crisis.” This year, the issue appears to have faded from the headlines. But the crisis hasn’t gone away. The benefits of community-led development in insecure environments I have read a lot of research studies in my life, and so I know that lots of research seems to turn up things that we already knew. In some ways, that’s also the case with the study Mercy Corps is about to launch today. United States: Make sure they hear from us about hunger Getting a bunch of advocacy staff from dozens of organizations to all work on the same thing at the same time is a bit like herding cats. That’s what I spent my day doing yesterday. What we're doing to help end global hunger Here in DC we’ve been working with a group of partner organizations for 18 months now to address the problem of world hunger. We’ve worked to get groups in DC behind a common vision that includes a comprehensive plan to orient U.S. The Roadmap to End Global Hunger Last week, I did an interview with the Global Hunger Examiner — a news outlet dedicated to world hunger issues — about Mercy Corps' efforts to fight hunger.