Proposed cuts to international food aid are irresponsible, short-sighted
Mercy Corps Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy Andrea Koppel expressed grave disappointment with the cuts to international food aid that were proposed yesterday by the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee. The House draft bill dramatically underfunds food assistance through the Food for Peace program slashing funding by 22% from last year’s enacted level. Ms. Koppel issued this statement:
Amplifying global technology entrepreneurship in the developing world
Startup Weekend and Mercy Corps today announced a partnership to expand the access and impact of a proven model for business generation throughout the developing world. Startup Weekend’s successful event format brings together software developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups, all in just 54 hours. In 2011, Startup Weekend helped organize over 250 events in 65 countries around the world.
Mercy Corps commends Farm Bill’s proposed reforms, warns against cuts to chronic hunger funding
Mercy Corps Director of Policy and Advocacy Jeremy Konyndyk today responded to the Farm Bill that was presented on Friday to the Senate Agriculture Committee by Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) and Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-Kan). The existing Farm Bill, the primary vehicle for the United States’ global food assistance, is due to expire in September 2012. Mr. Konyndyk issued the following statement:
Niger: Providing relief to thousands of hungry families
Mercy Corps is providing cash, therapeutic food and nutrition screenings to thousands of people in hunger-stricken Niger. Conditions in Niger have become increasingly desperate in recent months as a severe drought, failed harvests, and rising food prices have led to dramatic food shortfalls. The government of Niger estimates that more than 5.5 million people are at risk of going hungry.
North Korea: US NGOs urge leaders to move forward with aid for hungry
Five aid agencies today expressed disappointment over the possibly indefinite delay of a US-funded nutritional assistance program for vulnerable people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The agencies – Christian Friends of Korea, Global Resource Services, Mercy Corps, Samaritan’s Purse and World Vision, collectively known as the “US NGOs” – call upon the US and North Korean governments to resolve this impasse, and allow for the resumption of a proposed aid program to meet urgent humanitarian needs.
Niger: Communities say they will run out of food before next harvest, joint study shows
According to a recent field study conducted in communities in western and eastern Niger, between 70 and 90 per cent of people estimate their food stocks will run out before the next harvest, creating an imminent ‘hunger gap’. A full 100 percent of families surveyed say they have already reduced the amount of food consumed each day because they do not have enough to eat.
Japan: One year after tsunami, focus is on long-term economic recovery
Less than one year after Japan’s Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Mercy Corps is working to revitalize the badly damaged local economy in the disaster zone. The powerful earthquake left 20,000 people dead or missing, and decimated the local economy and infrastructure. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, Mercy Corps, in partnership with the Japanese aid organization Peace Winds Japan, improved the lives of over 150,000 survivors through initial emergency assistance, and psychosocial and youth support programs.
North Korea: US NGOs welcome nutritional assistance for needy North Koreans
Five aid agencies with a long track record of humanitarian work in North Korea support a proposed U.S. Government-funded nutritional assistance program for vulnerable people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The agencies – Christian Friends of Korea, Global Resource Services, Mercy Corps, Samaritan’s Purse and World Vision, collectively known as the “US NGOs” – have been advocating for nutritional assistance based on observed need for more than one year.
Proposed humanitarian aid cuts put millions of lives at risk
Mercy Corps Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy Andrea Koppel today responded to the Obama administration’s FY2013 budget request, which includes a continued overall commitment to foreign aid, but proposes significant cuts to critical humanitarian assistance including food aid and refugee assistance. Ms. Koppel issued the following statement in response:
Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia: Teaming up with DC Entertainment to launch “We Can Be Heroes”
Mercy Corps today announced that it will be one of the nonprofit partners of “We Can Be Heroes” – an unprecedented campaign launched by DC Entertainment to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.