Mercy Corps Scotland

Program support
For a food program to fight starvation in Aweil East County, Sudan, through building agricultural livelihoods. The project focuses on improving access to water and to agricultural supplies, enterprise development, increasing the capacity of local institutions, and raising awareness to improve nutrition and hygiene. It is divided into 4 major strategies. In order to increase production, vegetable farmers will receive treadle pumps and will be trained on irrigation, dry-season vegetable production and seed storage. Community seed banks and demonstration farms will be established, in order to increase access to affordable agricultural supplies and training. Women-led micro-enterprises will be developed, in order to sustain construction initiatives of vegetable stalls in markets, and encourage sales and hygiene. Finally, the project will collaborate with the County Agriculture Department in order to increase its capacity to sustain such initiatives.

Mercy Corps is an international organization whose mission is to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping people build secure and productive communities. It was founded in 1979 as Save the Refugees Fund, in response to the humanitarian crisis in Cambodia. Its strategy is to work in countries in transition, where communities are suffering and recovering from disaster, conflict or economic collapse, in order to help them build stronger communities and find their own solutions to poverty. It provides assistance in terms of food, shelter, healthcare, agriculture, water and sanitation, education and small business loans.