Today, we continue to partner with rural communities to address the root causes of poverty and establish greater food and nutritional security. Our programs in agriculture, climate change adaptation and emergency response help families become more resilient even in the most challenging conditions.
In Mali, we help farming families get more out of their land and agricultural value chains, including rice, sesame and fonio. We help farming families in Mali 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 help families become better equipped to cope with severe drought through soil and water conservation.
Recognizing that women are essential to the socioeconomic welfare of their families and communities, Lutheran World Relief develops programs to empower and enable women to participate in the agricultural value chain. For example, we train women in value-added post-harvest handling processes and marketing.
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.