• Where We Work

    El Salvador

Our Work in El Salvador

LWR  has worked in Central America since 1972 to promote sustainable livelihoods for rural farmers. In El Salvador, LWR works with local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), farming cooperatives, international agencies and international foundations to advance rural development and build the capacity of communities to benefit from agricultural opportunities. El Salvador is currently experiencing heightened violence and a lack of gender- and age-inclusive agricultural policies. Poor public agriculture policy and disappointing economic prospects cause individuals in rural areas to emigrate to wealthier countries for safety, jobs and education. This emigration degrades the socio-economic fiber of smallholder farmer livelihoods. 

Agriculture value chains: Cocoa

LWR is supporting El Salvador’s efforts to generate a rebirth of cocoa and stimulate private and public sector investment in the value chain. Grown on a national scale, cocoa has the potential to increase the country’s biodiversity, restore degraded ecosystems, improve the quality of soil and water resources, and provide sustainable agriculture-based livelihoods for large numbers of rural Salvadorans. 

Capacity strengthening and climate-smart agriculture

LWR supports climate-smart agriculture projects that diversify farmers’ production capabilities, improve the soil, conserve water resources, and increase a farmer’s resilience to adverse weather events. 

Agriculture: food security

El Salvador, LWR is working with vulnerable populations in rural municipalities of Suchitoto, El Paisnal, La Nueva Concepción, Guazapa and Tonacatepeque in the San Salvador Department to increase food production and household income with emphasis on expanding organic production, improving quality of food storage, improving seed access, and strengthening potential for entrepreneurship. Adults and youth benefit from basic grain and seed storage credits and production technologies from LWR and the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry of El Salvador working alongside the National  Center of Agriculture, Livestock, and Forestry Technology (CENTA).

As a result, it is primarily smallholder women farmers growing organic gardens and maximizing their profits while at-risk youngsters are provided toolkits to develop themselves professionally and avoid gangs and emigration.

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