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Coffee Farmers Grow Their Business from the Ground Up

Coffee Farmers Grow Their Business from the Ground Up LWR has partnered with coffee farmers across the globe for nearly 30 years and continues this work today under Ground Up: The LWR Coffee and Cocoa Initiative (lwr.org/groundup). Listed here is a sampling of successful activities conducted with the following partners under several of LWR’s coffee [...]Read More...

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Sesame Marketing and Exports

Sesame Marketing and Exports Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is leading the five-year project, Sesame Marketing and Exports (SESAME) in Burkina Faso. Sesame production has grown 1,500% between 2007 and 2012*. Despite farmers’ production gains, sesame buyers prefer to work through intermediaries as opposed to investing directly into farmers. This preference is due to several challenges, [...]Read More...

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Helping Syrians Fleeing Conflict to Start Over

Helping Syrians Fleeing Conflict to Start Over LWR has been supporting Syrian refugees fleeing the violence from the civil war and the Islamic State (IS) since 2011 and supporting internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syria since 2015. Through livelihood programming and basic needs support, LWR is reaching more than 340,000 people affected by the crisis [...]Read More...

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Cocoa in Latin America & the Caribbean

Cocoa in Latin America & the Caribbean Cocoa offers small-scale farmers the opportunity to increase earnings and overcome poverty while contributing to environmentally sustainable agricultural development. With more than a decade of experience in the cocoa sector in Latin America and the Caribbean, LWR has invested more than $2 million in recent years to strengthen [...]Read More...

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Somali Refugee Assistance in Kenya

Somali Refugee Assistance in Kenya With support from the U.S. Government, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and its implementing partner, Lutheran World Federation/Department for World Service (LWF/DWS), are partnering to provide protection, psychosocial and material support in Dadaab refugee camps by: Improving the living conditions of vulnerable and elderly refugees; and Ensuring refugee children receive quality [...]Read More...

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Protection of Sudanese Refugees and South Sudanese Children in South Sudan

Protection of Sudanese Refugees and South Sudanese Children in South Sudan Due to conflict and insecurity in Sudan, through support from the U.S. Government, Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran World Federation/ Department for World Service (LWR/DWS) are: Responding to immediate child protection needs of boys and girls; Ensuring children have access to quality basic education; [...]Read More...

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Malian Refugee & Host Communities’ Livelihoods Project, Phase 2

Malian Refugee & Host Communities' Livelihoods Project, Phase 2 Due to regional conflict and insecurity, with support from the U.S. Government, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and Lutheran World Federation/Department for World Service (LWF/DWS) are now responding to the livelihood needs of both refugees and host communities in Mauritania. This work builds on PRM, LWR and [...]Read More...

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Haiti by the Numbers: A Partnership of Recovery and Progress

Haiti by the Numbers: A Partnership of Recovery and Progress This fact sheet presents a snapshot of LWR’s work in Haiti since 2010: from the immediate response to the earthquake and subsequent emergencies to a focus on the long-term economic revitalization of Haitian agriculture and climate change adaptation. [...]Read More...

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Reducing Gender Inequalities in Agriculture in Central America

Reducing Gender Inequalities in Agriculture in Central America With support from Ford Foundation, The Reducing Gender Inequality in Agriculture in Central America project will build on LWR’s ongoing Learning for Gender Integration (LGI) initiative in Nicaragua to further validate, refine and disseminate an innovative methodology to help farmer cooperatives reveal business incentives for reducing gender [...]Read More...

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Empowering Women to Fuel Agriculture-led Growth

Empowering Women to Fuel Agriculture-led Growth LWR began working in India in the 1950’s and now focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty for India’s most marginalized populations, including tribals, Dalits, and women, through livelihood development programs in agriculture, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. [...]Read More...

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Strong farmer organizations deliver quality services

Strong farmer organizations deliver quality services Lutheran World Relief (LWR) supports Community Enterprise Development Organization (CEDO), a bean seed cooperative, to develop its capacity to improve service delivery — including extension services, marketing and saving/financial services — so its smallholder members can profit from the market. [...]Read More...

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ICT boosts services for coffee farmers in Kenya

ICT boosts services for coffee farmers in Kenya Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has partnered with BUCCODEG, a consortium of six coffee cooperatives in Western Kenya, to use an information and communication technology (ICT) approach to improve services. The approach has enhanced the effectiveness of their extension system, improved sales transaction documentation, and overall, increased accountability, [...]Read More...

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Farmer organization improves its effectiveness

Farmer organization improves its effectiveness Lutheran World Relief (LWR), in partnership with Muungano Nguvu Yetu, is working with smallholder farmers in Kibwezi East, Makueni County to enable them cope with the effects of changing climate patterns and arid environmental conditions. The project focuses on promoting conservation agriculture and strengthening Muungano to help farmers access profitable [...]Read More...

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Coffee cooperative improves effectiveness

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Strengthening the Capacity of Small- Scale Coffee Farmers in Flores

Strengthening the Capacity of Small- Scale Coffee Farmers in Flores Lutheran World Relief (LWR) conducted coffee field schools in four Flores’ villages in Nusa Tenggara Timur Province to strengthen the ability of 125 small-scale coffee farmers and their cooperative structures to be more successful in the export market [...]Read More...

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Reducing Vulnerability by Introducing Viable Economies

Reducing Vulnerability by Introducing Viable Economies The Silway-Klinan Water Systems in the Philippines flood regularly, disrupting the livelihoods of residents in 13 barangays along the riverbanks. [...]Read More...

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Rebuilding Homes in the Visayas

Rebuilding Homes in the Visayas Immediately following Typhoon Haiyan, LWR began distributing shelter repair kits (SRKs) to affected families in the municipalities of Daanbantayan, Bantayan, Santa Fe, Albuera, Lao, Ormoc and Kananga in Northern Cebu and Leyte Provinces. With savings from operational costs, bulk buying and the foreign exchange gain, LWR was able to distribute [...]Read More...

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Recovering Livelihoods after Super Typhoon Haiyan

Recovering Livelihoods after Super Typhoon Haiyan Super Typhoon Haiyan, which made landfall in the Visayas on November 8, 2013, significantly affected the livelihoods of 5.6 million people. The fishing and agriculture industries were particularly devastated. Many fisher folk lost their boats and nets. Coconut farmers lost their trees, and their farms were covered in debris. [...]Read More...

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Empowering Lintong Coffee Farmers

Empowering Lintong Coffee Farmers Many Sumatran farmers believe that producing coffee will not earn them enough income to survive and consider it a crop of “last resort.” Most do not wish for their children to follow in their footsteps, laboring to produce coffee for a market that is often unfair to individual farmers. Lutheran World [...]Read More...

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Conserving Natural Resources and Biodiversity to Strengthen Livelihoods

Conserving Natural Resources and Biodiversity to Strengthen Livelihoods Lutheran World Relief (LWR) conducted 7 projects with core components on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), environmental restoration, and biodiversity conservation in the Philippines since 2011. [...]Read More...

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Higher Productivity and Income through Citrus Market Development

Higher Productivity and Income through Citrus Market Development Lutheran World Relief, in partnership with local partner SAHAMATI, is assisting farmers in Nawalparasi and Tanahu Districts to improve their citrus cultivation and participation in the value chain. [...]Read More...

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Building Resilient Coastal Communities in Mindanao

Building Resilient Coastal Communities in Mindanao Lutheran World Relief has been strengthening the resiliency of coastal communities in Hinatuan Municipality on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines since 2001. In partnership with CERD, LWR aimed to build the capacity of Hinatuan’s rural coastal communities. [...]Read More...

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Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Response and Recovery in the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Response and Recovery in the Philippines LWR’s response to Typhoon Haiyan aims to meet immediate needs while also addressing longer-term recovery in northern Cebu and western Leyte provinces through activities in six sectors: shelter; cash transfers; non-food items (NFIs)/material resources (MR); Quality & Accountability (Q&A); water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and early [...]Read More...

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Cash Transfer Programs in Emergencies

Cash Transfer Programs in Emergencies In the wake of an emergency, cash transfer programs have proven to be an effective and quick way to respond to the needs of those affected by disasters – both giving people much needed cash while also injecting money into local economies. Cash transfer programs also place decisions about recovery [...]Read More...

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Emergency Response to Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines

Emergency Response to Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines Following the typhoon, LWR addressed household needs through the distribution of non-food items—including Quilts, Baby Care Kits, Schools Kits, Personal Care Kits and toothpaste —to more than 18,000 people in nearly 60 barangays. [...]Read More...

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Empowering Small-Scale Coffee Producers & Cooperatives in Gayo Region

Empowering Small-Scale Coffee Producers & Cooperatives in Gayo Region Indonesia’s Gayo region, with its abundant rainfall and fertile soil, is recognized globally for the market potential of its high quality Arabica coffee. While coffee cooperatives are expanding to help meet international demand for Gayo coffee, not all are succeeding in the international marketplace. [...]Read More...

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Building Resilience to Coastal Hazards through Mangrove Rehabilitation

Building Resilience to Coastal Hazards through Mangrove Rehabilitation Lutheran World Relief’s partnership with USAID has strengthened the resilience of communities in Simeulue and Singkil districts to the effects of natural disasters and climate change by: Formulating disaster risk reduction (DRR) action plans to better protect coastal populations from natural disasters Improving community understanding and action [...]Read More...

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Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Nepal’s marginalized populations are extremely vulnerable to frequent natural disasters, including flooding, landslides and earthquakes. In both urban and rural areas, vulnerable communities have few resources to prepare for or mitigate the impacts of natural disasters. Following the onset of a disaster, these communities often struggle to recover, and [...]Read More...

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Community-Led Sustainable Sanitation Solutions

Community-Led Sustainable Sanitation Solutions On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan roared over the Philippines’ central islands, known as the Visayas, leaving more than 1 million houses damaged or destroyed and more than 4 million people in need shelter and other essential services. Lutheran World Relief (LWR) responded in Leyte Province with several projects, including [...]Read More...

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Working Together to Promote Climate Change Adaptation

Working Together to Promote Climate Change Adaptation Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has partnered with Gold Fields S.A. La Cima, USAID and local partner CEDEPAS Norte, in the Hualgayoc district of Cajamarca, since 2009 to: Improve agricultural livelihoods Improve efficiency and efficacy of public municipal investments in local public services Promote a culture of dialogue and [...]Read More...

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Pathways to Prosperity in the Cocoa Value Chain

Pathways to Prosperity in the Cocoa Value Chain Lutheran World Relief’s Pathways to Prosperity project increased farmers’ access to cocoa markets by: Strengthening cocoa producer organizations Building producer capacity for production and processing to generate higher quality cocoa Serving as a great platform to begin to articulate and discuss the specific challenges of starting incipient [...]Read More...

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Promoting an Inclusive Agriculture Sector

Promoting an Inclusive Agriculture Sector Lutheran World Relief and USAID are working together in Western Honduras to influence municipal regulations, institutional policies and social norms to: Reduce gender-based resource gaps and generate inclusive growth in the agriculture sector. Empower women smallholder farmers to participate equally in agricultural value chains. [...]Read More...

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Private Alliances Improve Cocoa Farmer Livelihoods

Private Alliances Improve Cocoa Farmer Livelihoods LWR and CAMSA are working together to address both social and productive aspects of the cocoa value chain. LWR is working to improve social and environmental conditions for families. CAMSA is focusing on improving cocoa production practices. [...]Read More...

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Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience

Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience LWR and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have helped communities in El Salvador adapt to increased vulnerabilities in the face of climate change [...]Read More...

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LWR and The Hershey Company: Teaming Up for Improved Cocoa Sustainability

LWR and The Hershey Company: Teaming Up for Improved Cocoa Sustainability Lutheran World Relief has worked with The Hershey Company since 2010 to improve cocoa quality at the farm and cooperative level. The partnership has: Improved living conditions for more than 5,000 people, Supported the development of a cocoa toolkit for smallholder producers and Leveraged [...]Read More...

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Fighting coffee rust to restore livelihoods

Fighting coffee rust to restore livelihoods LWR and CAFENICA are working together to increase the capacity of member cooperatives to: Diversify and replant damaged plantations to restore farmer livelihoods affected by the coffee rust crisis Coordinate actions and exchange best practices between farmers and cooperatives to mitigate the effects of coffee rust. [...]Read More...

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Strengthening Rural Coffee Communities’ Resilience

Strengthening Rural Coffee Communities’ Resilience Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is strengthening coffee communities’ resilience to climate change in Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua. More than 8,200 coffee farmers will benefit from climate monitoring and alert systems, adaptation plans and other on-farm diversification strategies to build their capacity to cope with, adapt and potentially transform shocks and [...]Read More...

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Cacao Alliance: Growing Strong with Local Economies and Resilient Communities

Cacao Alliance: Growing Strong with Local Economies and Resilient Communities El Salvador Cacao Alliance is implemented by a consortium of partner organizations led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and integrated by Lutheran World Relief (LWR), TechnoServe, CLUSA-El Salvador and Cáritas. [...]Read More...

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Coffee & Cocoa Value Chains Increase Incomes in Rural Nicaragua

Coffee & Cocoa Value Chains Increase Incomes in Rural Nicaragua As a result of the ACORDAR project, LWR strengthened the role of 1,762 Nicaraguan farmers and 24 cooperatives in the cocoa and coffee value chains to maximize the return on farmers’ investments of time and resources through: Improved crop management; Improved post-harvest processing; Increased access [...]Read More...

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Coffee and Cocoa Promote Sustainable Landscapes and Adaptation to Changing Climates

Coffee and Cocoa Promote Sustainable Landscapes and Adaptation to Changing Climates Under the five-year ACORDAR project, LWR received USAID funding to work with coffee and cocoa farmers, which promoted sustainable landscapes and adapt to changing climates by: Increasing sustainable agroforestry practices Promoting cooperative-level sustainable certification Promoting carbon-reducing technologies Increasing resilience to climate change impacts [...]Read More...

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Central America Drought Emergency Response

Central America Drought Emergency Response LWR is working with the Lutheran World Federation and Comisión de Acción Social Menonita in Eastern Guatemala and Southwestern Honduras to: Provide 4,980 individuals in 1,000 vulnerable households with access to sufficient food rations during severe drought shortage Strengthen local institutional capacity to plan for and lead drought response [...]Read More...

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Gold Fields Supports Peruvian Dairy Value Chain through LWR

Gold Fields Supports Peruvian Dairy Value Chain through LWR Lutheran World Relief and our local partner are working together to increase the incomes of 420 smallholder dairy producers in Hualgayoc, a district within the department of Cajamarca. [...]Read More...

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PROGRESA CARIBE: Consortium for Rural Enterprise, Health and Environment in the Atlantic Region

PROGRESA CARIBE: Consortium for Rural Enterprise, Health and Environment in the Atlantic Region Together with Catholic Relief Services (lead) and TechnoServe, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is using USDA funding and working directly with 1,250 smallholder farmers among 13 vulnerable municipalities in Rio San Juan and the Northern and Southern Autonomous Atlantic Regions (RAAN / RAAS) [...]Read More...

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Mobile Cocoa: Technology to Improve Farmers Lives

Mobile Cocoa: Technology to Improve Farmers Lives Mobile Cocoa was one of four winners among 600 applicants in the Pathways Innovation Challenge program to identify innovative and successful models for strengthening SMEs in Latin America that could be scaled. Mobile Cocoa is part of the Pathways Challenge Network working to promote sustainable economic growth in [...]Read More...

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Bolstering Resilient Recovery

Bolstering Resilient Recovery USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), LWR and Union Hadin Kai bolstered food security and livelihoods recovery in Tahoua, Niger, through revitalization of local assets and boosting agricultural production. [...]Read More...

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Boosting Women Shallot Producers’ Incomes

Boosting Women Shallot Producers’ Incomes In 2005, LWR and YAGTU formed a partnership by increasing women’s incomes through enhanced shallot production and marketing. Key strategies included: Training on improved production, storage, processing and marketing Irrigation, storage and processing innovations Access to improved seed, inputs and warehouse credit Strengthening organizational capacity and advocacy for women’s access [...]Read More...

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Protecting and Conserving Water for Agriculture

Protecting and Conserving Water for Agriculture Lutheran World Relief enhanced crop production for farmers in arid Eastern Kenya by: Supporting the sustained availability of water for productive agriculture Promoting production of drought-resistant crops as well as crop diversification Strengthening the capacity of farmer associations to respond to recurrent water crises and better serve their members [...]Read More...

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From Emergency Relief to Community Resilience

From Emergency Relief to Community Resilience USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), LWR and Union Hadin Kai partnered to respond to food insecurity in Tahoua, Niger, by revitalizing local assets and boosting agricultural production for a more resilient future. [...]Read More...

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Resilience Plus: Improving Rural Food Security & Livelihoods

Resilience Plus: Improving Rural Food Security & Livelihoods Over 3 million people are affected by the food security and nutrition crisis in Niger. To date, Resilience Plus has enabled more than 71,000 people in the Tahoua region to meet short-term food security needs and establish long-term resiliency in their communities. [...]Read More...

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Resilience Plus: Improving Rural Food Security & Livelihoods

Resilience Plus: Improving Rural Food Security & Livelihoods The recent Sahel food crisis and outbreak of armed conflict in Mali have resulted in a complex emergency. Resilience Plus is responding to the emergency needs of 7,450 households affected by these crises in Mopti and Ségou regions. [...]Read More...

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Resilience Plus: Improving Rural Food Security & Livelihoods

Resilience Plus: Improving Rural Food Security & Livelihoods 2.8 million Burkinabé are facing food insecurity due to the recent Sahel food crisis. Resilience Plus aims to meet short-term food security needs of 29,000 people in Burkina Faso and establish long-term resilience in their communities. [...]Read More...

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Resilience Plus: A Climate-Focused Response to the Food Crisis in Niger

Resilience Plus: A Climate-Focused Response to the Food Crisis in Niger WITH SUPPORT FROM THE OFFICE OF FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA), Lutheran World Relief and partner Union Hadin Kai worked to ensure that the most vulnerable populations in Niger were more resilient to current and future food crises. Resilience Plus: A Climate-Focused Response to the [...]Read More...

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Private Alliances Improve Coffee Farmer Livelihoods

Private Alliances Improve Coffee Farmer Livelihoods Since 2008, LWR and the Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative Enterprise have worked together to improve coffee value chains for over 6000 smallholder farms in Uganda. This partnership enables coffee farmers to: Adopt new farming techniques Increase yields Increase incomes [...]Read More...

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Building Coffee Producers’ Resilience to Climate Change

Building Coffee Producers' Resilience to Climate Change LWR’s Climate Adapted Farming on Elgon (CAFÉ) project integrates mobile technology to make extension services more efficient and effective for smallholder coffee producers in the Mt. Elgon areas of Kenya and Uganda. LWR partnered with a Ugandan cooperative and British research institution to assess how Information & Communication [...]Read More...

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Bridging the Rural Financing Gap in West Africa

Bridging the Rural Financing Gap in West Africa With its Tripartite Rural Financing Model, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) bridges the gap between financial institutions and community-based agricultural initiatives that lack the critical financing needed for success. LWR’s model creates three-way partnerships between LWR, local farmers’ organizations and financial institutions (banks, credit unions, other lending institutions), [...]Read More...

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Resilience Plus: Promoting Recovery and Reducing Vulnerability

Resilience Plus: Promoting Recovery and Reducing Vulnerability Lutheran World Relief is reaching more than 100,000 crisis-affected people in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger by: Diversifying, increasing and protecting crop and animal production for the poorest households. Increasing households’ sales margins and incomes from agriculture. Building the capacity of partner community-based organizations (CBO) and their leadership. [...]Read More...

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LWR and Resilience in the Sahel

LWR and Resilience in the Sahel LWR’s resilience programs have reached more than 1 MILLION PEOPLE in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger through community-led initiatives that respond to immediate needs while supporting long-term solutions. [...]Read More...

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Strengthening Trans-Border Resilience to Flooding in India and Nepal

Strengthening Trans-Border Resilience to Flooding in India and Nepal Every year during the monsoon season, communities in the Koshi/ Gandak river basin are subjected to severe floods, which kill people, livestock, and crops as well as impede further development in the region. Lutheran World Relief (LWR), in collaboration with Grameen Development Services, BIKALPA, Dan Church [...]Read More...

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Building Resilience through Emergency Response

Building Resilience through Emergency Response In response to food price shocks in 2009-10, LWR and Union Hadin Kai worked to provide emergency relief to more than 59,000 people, focusing simultaneously on strengthening community assets and building resilience to future shocks. Project activities included: CFW and forestry for conservation of communal land Emergency seed rations Small [...]Read More...

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