El Salvador

In El Salvador, Lutheran World Relief works with local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), farming cooperatives, international agencies and international foundations to advance rural development and build the capacity of communities to benefit from agricultural opportunities.

El Salvador is currently experiencing heightened violence and a lack of gender- and age-inclusive agricultural policies. Poor public agriculture policy and disappointing economic prospects cause individuals in rural areas to emigrate to wealthier countries for safety, jobs and education. This emigration degrades the socio-economic fiber of smallholder farmer livelihoods.

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El Salvador is currently experiencing heightened violence and a lack of gender- and age-inclusive agricultural policies. Poor public agriculture policy and disappointing economic prospects cause individuals in rural areas to emigrate to wealthier countries for safety, jobs and education. This emigration degrades the socio-economic fiber of smallholder farmer livelihoods.

Lutheran World Relief’s El Salvador program emphasizes environmentally sound agricultural practices to sustain yields, provides additional income for farmers, and protect natural resources. Our investments for agriculture value chains and food security initiatives strategically build partners’ capacity to engage with and benefit from the El Salvador government’s renewed commitment to and investments in small-scale agricultural production, including the Family Agriculture Plan.

Lutheran World Relief also integrates programs for youth and entrepreneurship to help communities access and maximize existing resources by building strong community-based organizations and providing opportunities for future generations.

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El Salvador
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El Salvador

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Cacao Alliance

As a member of the El Salvador Cacao Alliance consortium, Lutheran World Relief is helping to revitalize the cacao value chain in El Salvador by creating partnerships among private companies, government institutions, research organizations, academic institutions and producers’ organizations to shape public policy, generate research and create incentives that support farmers. Leveraging our expertise on buliding the capacities of local farmer organizations and our cacao specific farmers' guides (AdA Methodology/ Learning Alliance and Mobile Cocoa Tool Kit), Lutheran World Relief provides technical assistance to producers to improve their productivity and strengthen their business skills to establish long-term market linkages with international buyers and other value chain actors.

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