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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Liberia: Economic impact of the Ebola crisis on select Liberian markets
The economic impact of the Ebola outbreak is affecting most Liberians. We assessed household food security and incomes, as well as local markets, to outline interventions that can prevent further deterioration and lay the groundwork for early recovery.
South Sudan: Beyond bandaids: Rebuilding market systems amidst catastrophe in South Sudan
South Sudan cannot be saved by direct-delivery assistance alone. Market-based interventions are needed immediately in order to prevent a famine by January 2015 and lay the foundations for early recovery.
Mali, Niger, Nigeria: Rethinking resilience
Nowhere is answering the question of how to increase resilience more critical than across the Sahel, a region plagued by chronic poverty, food insecurity, drought, ecosystem degradation, and conflict. But among the many factors, one issue looms largest: gender inequality.
Myanmar: Socio-Economic Analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar
In March - June 2013, a consortium involving Mercy Corps and four other INGO and NGO partners conducted a socio-economic analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar with funding from the European Union.
Timor-Leste: Women's Empowerment and Childhood Malnutrition in Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste remains one of the poorest countries in Asia, by all development indicators.
Somalia: What Really Matters for Resilience?
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Myanmar: Video: Building Community Resilience for Food Security in Myanmar
Since February 2011, MC Myanmar has partnered with 8,800 food insecure households in 80 villages in Mandalay, Rakhine, and Chin States to implement its "Building Community Resilience for Food Secur
2012 Roadmap to End Global Hunger
Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risks to health worldwide: almost one billion people go to bed hungry each night and malnutrition contributes to one-third of all child deaths.
Nepal: Global Food Crisis Response - Far-Western Nepal
The Global Food Crisis Response (GFCR) project in Western Nepal began in September 2008 and continued through February 2011.
Tajikistan: Thirsty for Knowledge
Women living in the remote mountainous region of Tajikistan known as the Rasht Valley benefited in many ways from participating in the 2005-2009 Development Assistance Program (DAP) funded by USAID