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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The Global Food Crisis Response (GFCR) project in Western Nepal began in September 2008 and continued through February 2011.
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Food Security Sector Approach
What is Food Security?
Food Security Sector Overview
This document is a shorter and more simplified version of the Sector Approach. It gives an overview to the sector and why it is important to international relief and development work.
Food Security Sector Update Fiscal Year 2009
This document offers a snapshot of the sector’s programming strategy, progress and future outlook current for the Fiscal Year 2009 (July 2008 to June 2009).
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Guidelines
These guidelines act to provide context, a toolbox and a how-to manual for Mercy Corps program managers looking to implement water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects or programs, regardless o
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