Subsistence farmers face a harsh and arid climate with seasonal and highly variable precipitation. Our programs in agriculture, climate change adaptation and emergency response help families become more resilient even in the most challenging conditions.
We help farming families in Burkina Faso increase the quality and yield of their crops and livestock, access sources of credit, and sell their produce in bigger and more profitable markets. We also introduce lucrative crops, including sesame. We help families become better equipped to cope with severe drought through soil and water conservation, including introducing drought-tolerant seeds and innovations in irrigated and rain-fed horticultural production.
We also make the most of smartphone technology so that farmers are equipped with the most up-to-date information about weather forecasts, market data, composting and crop disease identification and treatment, and more.
And in times of extreme crisis, Lutheran World Relief responds to the immediate needs of communities through cash-for-work initiatives focused on environmental rehabilitation, which allow families to purchase food and other essentials while improving their community infrastructure.