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Improving people’s access to sustainable and nutritious food sources through agricultural support, training and infrastructure development

Did you know that nearly one in nine people around the world doesn’t have enough to eat? Would you be surprised to learn that over 70 per cent of people who are hungry are small-scale farmers? Limited irrigation systems, land degradation and inaccessible markets are some of the challenges that face small-scale farmers and make it difficult for them to feed themselves and their families.

The good news is there are solutions to these challenges that will improve people’s ability to access nutritious food today and in the future.

CLWR works with small-scale farmers to improve their food production and increase their incomes through the provision of agricultural and marketing training, constructing irrigation systems and protecting watersheds and preventing soil erosion.

Where we work

Currently CLWR has food security projects in Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

What is food security? 

Canadian Lutheran World Relief is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, whose goal is a world without hunger. Working towards ending global hunger often means providing food for people in need, but CLWR and Foodgrains Bank know that more is needed to ensure people enjoy food security.

This video explains what food security means, and how it relates to ending global hunger.

What is food security?

Berzegen Yimam

Your support in action

Berzegen Yimam is the secretary of a watershed conservation committee in Lalibela, Ethiopia. This committee manages and maintains the irrigation systems. Berzegen’s seen firsthand the difference that investing in irrigation systems and watershed conservation makes.

“Before there was only one permanent spring in the area,” she says. “Now there are three.”

Berzegen received training to be a surveyor for the project, a role typically held by men. She’s responsible for ensuring that the water conservation structures are built level and can stop the process of soil erosion. Additionally, the watershed in her region is now producing grasses that can be harvested to feed livestock.

Our projects in Lalibela and Demale, Ethiopia are made possible by your support, funding from Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Aura National Regional State of Ethiopia and are implemented by Lutheran World Federation Ethiopia.