Program areas at Lutheran World Relief
Emergencies and material resources: Lutheran World Relief responds to natural disasters and conflict-driven emergencies, especially those that affect the worlds poorest communities and work with vulnerable communities to help them rebuild after disaster strikes and prepare for future disasters. In fiscal year 2020, we engaged in 40 emergency response and material resources projects around the World. In addition, Lutheran World Relief and our partners conducted 26 distributions of mission quilts or care kits reaching nearly 700,000 people.
Climate change: Lutheran World Relief helps communities protect their agricultural assets in the face of challenging climate conditions and improve their resilience to natural hazards like floods and droughts. In fiscal year 2020, Lutheran World Relief implemented approximately 24 projects that involved climate strategies and approaches. We introduced environmentally sustainable farming practices so that communities get the most out of their land while conserving and restoring their natural resources. We also worked with local and national governments to facilitate the equitable access to and protection of natural resources, helping communities assess their vulnerabilities to natural hazards and develop the plans and skills they need to prepare for them.
Agriculture: Lutheran World Relief works with poor, rural communities around the World to help farmers improve their crops, learn new techniques and tools to increase their yield and attract buyers who will pay more for their products, help rural communities develop productive, resilient and stable economies through an enterprise-based approach that engages the private sector at multiple levels to create profitable partnerships that benefit families and promote rural livelihoods. In fiscal year 2020, we carried out 49 programs focused on agriculture and food security.