Food is central to human wellbeing: it provides the body with nourishment, offers livelihoods that lifts people out of poverty, and brings communities together through cultural enrichment. We believe that food is a basic human right, yet too many people are trapped in a cycle of hunger by systemic forces beyond their immediate control like poverty, disaster, conflict, and inequality.
- Despite progress in reducing global hunger, more than 800 million people still go to bed hungry every night.
- Those in poverty generally spend between 60 and 80 percent of their income on food.
- Agricultural production will need to increase by 50 percent globally to support the world’s population in 2050.
What we do
We can only tackle hunger effectively if we address what causes it in the first place. This means improving systems and behaviours that enable secure access, availability, and use of food.
- Agriculture: We connect farmers around the world to the people and resources they need to increase production, feed their families, and boost their incomes
- Sustainability: We help communities develop plans and skills to sustainably manage their resources to improve crop and livestock production
- Good Governance: We work with local governments and communities to develop just and inclusive policies that make it easier for people to access to resources they need to thrive
- Women’s Empowerment: We work with women and girls to build agency, a cultural environment that supports their autonomy, and decision-making capacity for women to both earn income and feed their families
- Health and Nutrition: We provide the resources, knowledge and skills needed to access and utilize clean water, employ hygienic practices, and consume diverse and nutritious diets
During crises, we provide at-risk communities with life-saving assistance and the tools to reestablish healthy bodies and prosperous livelihoods.
- Emergency Food Assistance: We provide food, livelihood inputs, and cash donations when food supplies are short or unaffordable, such as when people are displaced by conflict or natural disasters
- We have improved access to nutritious food for more than 30.2 million people around the world in the last five years.
- Each year, we connect roughly one million farmers to the resources they need to boost production and incomes.
- We have vaccinated more than 15.3 million livestock in the last five years.
Kenya: How camel milk ATMs are strengthening lives in Kenya
We're working with Kenyans to improve the camel milk trade, from processing the milk to selling it in markets.
South Sudan: In the midst of conflict, one woman grows a new life
Nyatet lost much of her family, and all of her assets, when she fled her home in South Sudan because of conflict. Now she's rebuilding her and her family's life through gardening.
Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen: Hunger solutions: There's more in the mix than food
Three potential famines are looming in South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen. Hear what is driving an increase in hunger around the world and what Mercy Corps is doing to address these challenges.
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.
South Sudan, Uganda: For a South Sudanese refugee, a place to put down roots
Conflict forced Grace and her family to leave everything behind. While she waits for an end to conflict so she can return to South Sudan, she's learning to grow produce that will help her support herself and her four children.
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 the world’s poorest countries, the effects of climate change — limited water and food sources and increased competition for them — are a matter of life and death.
South Sudan, Uganda: In Uganda, two women form a friendship without borders
At Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Uganda, see what happens when a South Sudanese refugee and a Ugandan woman unite to build better lives, together.
Q&A: Dina Esposito, Mercy Corps' vice president of technical leadership, on food and fragile states
What's the link between conflict and hunger? And why should our response focus on the long-term, even in an emergency? Learn more in this Q&A with Dina Esposito, Mercy Corps' vice president of Technical Leadership.
Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen: From the field: An update on the threat of famine in Africa and Yemen
People in four countries—South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria—have been threatened by famine this year. Our team members from each location provide an update on the local crisis.