Nothing is more basic to human well-being than having enough nutritious food to eat. Yet one in every eight people in the world — 842 million — are trapped in a cycle of hunger and poverty.
The reality is that most of the world doesn't have the benefit of picking up food from the corner store — they grow it themselves. Hunger is a crisis when disaster ruins the harvest. It is a cycle when families cannot grow or buy enough to lead healthy, productive lives, and when the effects of malnutrition are passed on to the next generation.
When food shortages occur due to drought and conflict, Mercy Corps helps prevent hunger and treat malnutrition in the most vulnerable — children, pregnant women, the elderly and the displaced. We distribute vouchers, cash or emergency rations, working with local suppliers to speed delivery, save money and boost local economies.
In addition to emergency responses, we focus on long-term solutions that build future food security.
Mercy Corps helps famers manage their land, increase their harvests and diversify crops to produce a larger, more nutritious, and stable food supply. By teaching nutrition and hygiene, we ensure families can utilize their resources to boost their health. And we connect farmers with new markets and introduce more efficient methods of tending productive livestock and processing and storing crops to increase incomes for years to come.
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Nepal: A grueling life on top of the world June 13, 2011
Yes, Nepal is so, so beautiful.
Japan: A small and opportune oasis June 9, 2011
Right now, the city of Rikuzentakata, Japan is a food desert — a place where it's nearly impossible to find and buy fresh, nutritious food. Grocery stores and other shops were washed away by the tsunami. The closest markets are at least a half-hour away by car.
Kyrgyzstan: Vegetables out of thin air June 7, 2011
Sary-Mogol is a very remote village in the Chon-Alai region of southern Kyrgyzstan, located at 3,000 meters above sea level.
Libya: Mercy Corps and Taiwan ICDF provide food assistance in Libya June 6, 2011
It’s been almost four months since the unrest in Libya began. Prompted by civilian demonstrations fueled by over 40 years of Gaddafi’s tyrannical rule and looking to bring forth a new regime, the peaceful protests escalated into violence as Gaddafi’s forces quickly tried to squelch the uprising.
Kyrgyzstan: Cash to improve food security in southern Kyrgyzstan June 2, 2011
On a recent crisp spring day in Osh, I was milling about one of our distribution sites in the Alymbek-Datka neighborhood, chatting with programme participants.
Guatemala: Guess who's cooking tonight in Guatemala? June 1, 2011
“Bienvenidos. "Loq ` le k`ulumnik. Welcome” to PROCOMIDA's final male recipe competition!
South Sudan: Realizing South Sudan's food potential May 25, 2011
Many people are aware of the oil wealth in South Sudan, but it is less well known that my soon-to-be-independent country is incredibly fertile with huge agricultural potential.
Great minds think alike: farmers deserve our support May 24, 2011
Farmers are on people’s minds these days, and they deserve to be.
Indonesia: From Seattle to Jakarta, food carts are hot stuff May 24, 2011
In Seattle, the popularity of food carts has exploded in recent years.
Libya: Talking chicken feed in Benghazi May 4, 2011
Mercy Corps' Jill Morehead (right) talks with a Libyan farmer about the challenges of raising chickens during the country's ongoing conflict and crisis. Dwindling chicken feed supplies are driving up prices, making life harder for farmers and consumers alike.