Our programs in agriculture and food security, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and emergency response break the cycle of poverty for rural, marginalized populations, including tribals, women and Dalits, members of the lowest social class in the traditional Indian caste system.
In India, we work alongside communities to help farmers replace decades-old farming methods with climate-smart sustainable solutions, so they can grow nutritious foods — such as vegetables and pulses — and improve yields and quality to ultimately generate higher income. We work with both women and men to ensure women are valued for their knowledge and skills, and that they are able to equally contribute to family decisions, especially about finances, division of labor and nutrition.
We also help rural communities better protect themselves from the impact of natural disasters by helping communities develop disaster risk management plans and form village-level Disaster Management Committees.
In the aftermath of a disaster, Lutheran World Relief provides immediate aid — like food, water household essentials, shelter construction materials and support for livelihood recovery. In India, Lutheran World Relief and our partners responded to families affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2008 and 2017 Bihar floods.