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World + 3 others
Mercy Corps to launch ‘toolkit’ of mobile banking and agricultural services for farmers in developing world

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Mercy Corps

The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps today launched a multi-country programme that will use mobile technologies to give farmers in the developing world a package of services to increase their harvests. As first of its kind, the Agri-Fin Mobile initiative - in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) - will identify and connect leading financial institutions, agriculture specialists and mobile network operators and provide mobile-enabled, bundled packages of financial, training and information services to more than 180,000 small-scale farmers.

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Uganda + 1 other
Evaluation and Assessment of Poverty and Conflict Interventions

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Mercy Corps

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This case study is part of a USAID-funded research grant that examines the relationship between economic development and stability. In many parts of the world, Mercy Corps implements programs that combine economic development and peacebuilding. The Evaluation and Assessment of Poverty and Conflict Interventions project – implemented between July 2009 and December 2010 – had three main objectives: 1) to develop indicators and data collection tools that measure the impact of programs at the intersection of peacebuilding and economic development; 2) to field test these

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Tajikistan + 11 others
Responding to the global food crisis

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Mercy Corps
Today almost a billion people worldwide are unable to buy or grow enough food to avoid malnutrition. That's 120 million more than were hungry in 2006.

What happened? Basically, the world saw dramatic spikes in food prices. But there were many underlying causes of what's known as the global food crisis:

  • Drought and other climate-related problems that resulted in smaller harvests
  • Changing diets - rise of the middle class in India and China and an increased demand for food, especially meat, which requires large amounts of grain to raise
  • Diversion of crops from food production