India

Lutheran World Relief has been working in India since the 1950s, and today operates in two of India’s poorest states, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, where farming is a primary means of income for families.

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. 

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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.

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COUNTRY PROJECTS
Transboundary Flood Resilience

Through the Transboundary Flood Resilience (TBR) project, Lutheran World Relief is assisting communities located along the India-Nepal border to better prepare for and strengthen their resilience to the devastating effects of annual flooding. We aim to create and improve upon the following in project communities: financial safety nets, flood resilient livelihoods, disaster risk reduction (DRR) practices, community-based flood early warning systems (EWS), citizen advocacy forums, and public-private sector support. We believe these six elements constitute the pillars of a flood resilient community and can be replicated in other flood-prone areas to the same effect.

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