Climate change is worsening an already unprecedented scarcity of resources, including water and arable land in some of the world's most volatile and impoverished regions.
Environmental degradation most strongly impacts vulnerable communities, primarily because these places lack the coping mechanisms that normally protect lives and livelihoods.
Mercy Corps is committed to helping these communities address and adapt to environmental changes. Our programmes increase access to clean energy, manage limited water supplies, and teach farmers to protect their land.
Priorities for 2020
Success in 2020 starts with partnership
Kenya: Relying on rainfall: How one community in Kenya is affected by climate change
Once losing their crops to increased drought, one farming community in Kenya is now using a simple set of tools to grow their livelihoods and take on climate change.
Kenya: Going mobile: How phones have become a critical farming tool
Climate disasters, poverty and a lack of resources have made farming in Kenya an increasingly unreliable livelihood. We're using technology to help them improve their odds.
What we're doing to help end global hunger
Mercy Corps takes a multi-pronged approach to helping end world hunger, including implementing programmes that tackle the multiple drivers of food security, while also engaging in policy discussions that influence our programmes. Learn about this work and what is being done to stop world hunger.
Kenya: Wild weather: How we're helping Kenyans fight climate change
Extreme climate-driven disasters including drought and flood have pummeled Kenya in recent years, leaving millions at risk of hunger. This is how we're helping communities build less fragile futures.
Quick facts: How climate change affects people living in poverty
Climate change is affecting every country on every continent. But for the people living in poverty, the effects of climate change — limited water and food sources and increased competition for them — are a matter of life and death.
A hotter planet, a hungrier world
The impacts of climate change are pummeling nations around the world. But for the poor, the consequences are particularly destructive: more poverty, more hunger. We can't end these plights, then, if we don't tackle climate change, too.
Ethiopia, Niger, South Sudan: Fighting hunger in Africa takes more than food
Hunger: It’s not a new problem for many countries in Africa. However, the reasons why millions of people go hungry go much deeper than a lack of food.
Timor-Leste: Life of a girl: Solar power lights the way for Lourdes
Follow 15-year-old Lourdes through her day, and find out how Mercy Corps' clean energy programme is helping her find time for her schoolwork among her other household responsibilities.
Haiti: Rebuilding mountains one garden at a time
Rapid deforestation has nearly destroyed Haiti's natural resources. How farmers are repairing the land — and earning higher incomes.