El Salvador is one of the most disaster-vulnerable countries in the world, with 95 percent of its population residing in areas at risk for flood, earthquakes, volcanic eruption, hurricanes and landslides. As the 14th most exposed country to climate change worldwide, El Salvador is experiencing increasingly unpredictable and severe weather patterns, including drought every year since 2011. There is significant need for improved disaster preparedness and risk reduction to enable rapid recovery of rural livelihoods and make disasters less costly. The country’s diminishing annual water supply per capita is leaving thousands without access to drinking water, and many more with limited or intermittent access. Climate change is exacerbating poverty and worsening food security and viability for rural livelihoods, especially among youth and women. The lack of economic opportunities combined with heightened levels of violence in El Salvador are fueling migration.
Lutheran World Relief has worked in Central America since 1972 to promote sustainable livelihoods for rural farmers. We support El Salvador in climate-smart agriculture efforts to strengthen cocoa production, promoting private and public sector investment in the value chain and improving food security.
In El Salvador, Lutheran World Relief works with local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), farming cooperatives, international agencies, and foundations to strengthen local capacity for the advancement of rural economies and disaster risk reduction.