Despite significant progress toward international food security targets, it is estimated that one in nine people, 795 million globally, were undernourished in 2015. Progressively complex forces—political instability and conflict, extreme weather and natural disasters, and price volatility to name a few—are intensifying the problem of food insecurity, ruling out the possibility of simple responses.
Mercy Corps’ food security programs—including 80 projects in 34 countries, worth approximately $331 million—integrate approaches from multiple sectors, including market development, agriculture, nutrition and public health, resource management, conflict mitigation and governance. .
Partnering with the most vulnerable communities to develop comprehensive, integrated programs aimed at building food security resilience is central to Mercy Corps’ food security strategy. Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives to support resilient wellbeing.
Mercy Corps is committed to sharing its best practices and lessons learned with the broader community, for example through Mercy Corps’ position as Agriculture and Natural Resource Management lead on the Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) program. TOPS strengthens the capacity of Food for Peace development programs 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 TOPS support click here or visit the FSN Network website.
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Resilience Design in Smallholder Farming Systems Approach
Mercy Corps developed the Resilience Design (RD) in Smallholder Farming Systems Approach to help farmers and those who support them build a more productive and resilient farming system.
DR Congo: Strategic Resilience Assessment in South Kivu
The Strategic Resilience Assessment (STRESS) showed how the complex interplay of repeated conflict, economic and ecological shocks and stresses has weakened not only food security systems, but also the capacity of households to build the necessary human, financial and social capital to address food and nutrition security adequately.
Driving Resilience: Market Approaches to Disaster Recovery
After a disaster, the immediate concern of all humanitarian responders is—and should be—to help affected populations meet their basic, urgent needs. But how a response is conducted can have significant implications on how the community recovers—and how fast.
Uganda: Building an Empowered Karamoja: STRESS
Mercy Corps and their partners deepened their understanding of vulnerability and resilience in Karamoja and identified a set of resilience capacities.
Niger: Strategic Resilience Assessment in Niger
Mercy Corps digs deeper to better understand the complex systems that support food security in the Sahel's fastest growing country.
Pathways from Peace to Resilience
Evidence from the Greater Horn of Africa on the Links between Conflict Management and Resilience to Food Security Shocks
Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Programming: A Nutrition-Sensitive Approach for Market-Based Agricultural Projects
In recent years, there has been an increasing interest among international development professionals in strengthening linkages between agriculture and nutrition in the communities where we work.
Economic Recovery Assessment: Sierra Leone
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has devastated communities in the three most affected countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Building Resilient Food Systems through Agroecological Principles and Practices
Improving smallholder agricultural productivity holds great potential to address poverty, improve household food security and build resilience.
Tools for Resilience: Agroecological Risk and Resilience Screening Tool
Applying a resilience lens to food system analysis and programming requires that we pay particular attention to understanding the ways shocks, stressors and even program interventions that impact o