Indonesia remains one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, with millions of people often affected by earthquakes, landslides, floods and tsunamis. We build community resilience through improving livelihoods, food security, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. We currently work in the provinces of Aceh, Bali and Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).
In Indonesia, our experienced staff and partners develop and implement programs that create linkages along value chains — especially coffee and cocoa — that benefit smallholder farming families. We work alongside communities to help farmers adopt climate-smart sustainable solutions, so they can maximize crop yield and quality.
We also help farmers organize and join producer associations, so they are better able access to credit, enter more lucrative markets, and collectively purchase farm inputs and market crops. To promote gender inclusion, we encourage women’s participation, including contributing to decision making, on both the family farm and in farmer cooperatives and groups.
Indonesia is especially vulnerable to natural disasters such as severe storms, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanoes. We work with community institutions — including schools, government offices and health facilities — to develop disaster risk management plans and empower communities to respond to disasters in coordinated and organized ways. We engage directly with local populations at each step in this process, so that communities are leading their own efforts to reduce vulnerability.
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.