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LWR & Agriculture

Two men work among thousands of coffee seedlings at a coffee nursery located in the community of Las Brisas. Photo by Morgan Arnold, for LWR.

One in nine people in the world go hungry every day. [source]

That’s more than 790 million people. The world will need to increase its food production by as much as 50% to feed 9 billion people by 2050.

Small-scale farmers grow four-fifths of the food in developing countries. Lutheran World Relief improves the lives of small-scale farmers and and their families through sustainable agriculture efforts.

Approach

Rural Smallholder Agriculture

Productive, resilient and stable agricultural bases are a vital foundation for poverty reduction.

LWR improves the lives of millions of smallholder farmers and their families through sustainable agriculture efforts that focus on building food security and increasing rural incomes through agriculture value chains.

Hidaya Omari, an onion farmer in Tanzania. Photo by Brenda Kimaro, for LWR.
Hidaya Omari, an onion farmer in Tanzania. Photo by Brenda Kimaro, for LWR.

Core Programs

Agriculture Value Chains

LWR works directly with smallholder farmers, farmer associations and cooperatives to optimize their role and increase their income along the whole value chain.

LWR focuses on closing the gap between the participation of and benefits for men and women producers in agriculture value chains.

Food Security

LWR ensures that smallholder farmers and their families have consistent access to sufficient, safe and nutritious foods.

We focus on increasing food availability and access by increasing agricultural production and incomes.

Capacity Strengthening for Associations & Cooperatives

LWR supports the development and strengthening of farmers’ organizations and networks.

Collective work lowers input costs, increases access to vital services, improves economies of scale and helps build economically healthy and resilient communities.

Financing for Rural Producers

LWR promotes access to financial services and credit, so small-scale farmers can invest in their farms and better access markets.

LWR’s Tripartite Rural Financing Model in Africa creates three–way partnerships among LWR, producer associations and financial institutions that were previously beyond producers’ reach.

Climate Smart Agriculture

LWR focuses on protecting smallholder farmers’ assets in the face of changing climates and environmental degradation, through climate change adaptation and mitigation actions. We focus on conservation agriculture and sustainable land management approaches.

Water

Agriculture is highly water dependent, and often very water intensive.

LWR’s water programming improves smallholder farmers’ access to and efficient use of water for agricultural purposes and human consumption, and protects water resources for future generations.

Cross-Cutting Themes

Increasing production, incomes and food security
Preserving and improving natural resources
Developing the capacity of smallholder farmers and their organizations for active engagement with value chains that produce sustainable and just outcomes.

While LWR believes these approaches are the cornerstones to the future of a sustainable global food system, we collaborate with other agricultural stakeholders who may follow other methods, recognizing that many different techniques will be needed to produce more food at affordable prices, ensure livelihoods for smallholder farmers and reduce the environmental costs of agriculture.

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