• Local Capacity Strengthening

    Building together for transformational change

The World is Changing Rapidly

And Lutheran World Relief is moving at the speed of change. Since 1945, Lutheran World Relief has been at the forefront of effective, transformational global development. Our local capacity strengthening efforts and partnerships with communities, governments and corporations allow us to continually innovate and drive results.


  • Agriculture and Rural Economies
  • Environment and Climate
  • Emergency Response

Our goal is to realize agriculture’s potential to sustainably accelerate the growth of rural economies. We help rural communities develop productive, resilient and stable economies. Our market-based approach engages the private sector at multiple levels to create profitable partnerships that benefit families and promotes rural livelihoods. Learn more about our expertise in resilience, gender, youth, coffee and cocoa.

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We help smallholder farmers protect their agricultural assets in the face of a changing climate and improve vulnerable communities’ resilience to natural hazards like floods and droughts. Learn more about our expertise in resilience, gender, youth, coffee and cocoa.

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We respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises with solutions that save lives and help restore livelihoods. We address the most urgent needs of affected communities while promoting sustainable recovery and building resilience to future disasters. Learn more about our expertise in responding to natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

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  • Climate-smart approaches to water & sanitation

    We promote water conservation and effective watershed management to create healthier landscapes that are more resistant to droughts and floods.

  • Preparing young adults for successful careers in agriculture

    Together with the Ministry of Agriculture in Tanzania and private companies, we’re supporting the next generation of farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs in Tanzania.

  • Quality coffee starts with the farmer

    We create linkages along the coffee value chain that benefit small holder farmers and the rural economies that depend on coffee.

  • Saving lives across borders

    On the India/Nepal border, the Transboudary Resilience Project works to reduce vulnerability to monsoon flooding.