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 programmes—including 80 projects in 34 countries, worth approximately £199 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 programmes aimed at building food security resilience is central to Mercy Corps’ food security strategy. Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programmes 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) programme. TOPS strengthens the capacity of Food for Peace development programmes 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.
Beyond Cash: Making Markets Work in Crisis
Outlining a better approach to crisis response
Central African Republic: Conflict Analysis in Bouar, CAR
Mercy Corps in the Central African Republic (CAR) recently carried out a conflict analysis which provides an in-depth look at the actors, interests, and drivers of conflict in the Bouar region, while also providing recommendations aimed at de-escalating the conflict.
Uganda: Refugee Markets Brief: The power of markets to support refugee economic opportunities in West Nile, Uganda
With Uganda now home to over one million South Sudanese refugees, aid actors in the country’s West Nile region are looking for sustainable strategies to help individuals cope and recover.
Resilience Design in Smallholder Farming Systems Approach
Mercy Corps developed the Resilience Design (RD) in Smallholder Farming Systems Approach to help farmers and those who support them build a more productive and resilient farming system.
DR Congo: Strategic Resilience Assessment in South Kivu
The Strategic Resilience Assessment (STRESS) showed how the complex interplay of repeated conflict, economic and ecological shocks and stresses has weakened not only food security systems, but also the capacity of households to build the necessary human, financial and social capital to address food and nutrition security adequately.
Driving Resilience: Market Approaches to Disaster Recovery
After a disaster, the immediate concern of all humanitarian responders is—and should be—to help affected populations meet their basic, urgent needs. But how a response is conducted can have significant implications on how the community recovers—and how fast.
Uganda: Building an Empowered Karamoja: STRESS
Mercy Corps and their partners deepened their understanding of vulnerability and resilience in Karamoja and identified a set of resilience capacities.
Niger: Strategic Resilience Assessment in Niger
Mercy Corps digs deeper to better understand the complex systems that support food security in the Sahel's fastest growing country.
Pathways from Peace to Resilience
Evidence from the Greater Horn of Africa on the Links between Conflict Management and Resilience to Food Security Shocks
Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Programming: A Nutrition-Sensitive Approach for Market-Based Agricultural Projects
In recent years, there has been an increasing interest among international development professionals in strengthening linkages between agriculture and nutrition in the communities where we work.