• Where We Work


Our Work in Indonesia

Lutheran World Relief  began working in Indonesia following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, addressing both emergency and long term development needs. Indonesia remains one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, with millions of people often affected by earthquakes, landslides, floods and tsunamis. Poor, rural communities have few resources to prepare for or mitigate the effects of these hazards and even fewer resources to recover. Recognizing that effective development helps mitigate the impact of such hazards, Lutheran World Relief works to build community resilience through improving livelihoods, food security, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. We currently works in the provinces of Aceh, Bali and Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).

Climate change adaptation & disaster risk reduction

Indonesia is already experiencing the effects of climate change. For Indonesian farmers, there is an urgent need to develop and use crop varieties that can survive drought, erratic temperatures and flooding, as well as pests and crop diseases resulting from the region’s higher temperatures. To address this need, Lutheran World Relief incorporates climate change adaptation in all of our projects in Indonesia. For example, we have worked with local partners and farmers to deter slash and burn agriculture practices, improve agrowater management systems, and to increase crop production and resilience to pests and diseases through climate smart agriculture methods.

Agriculture & food security

Lutheran World Relief is an internationally-recognized leader in transforming poor rural economies. In Indonesia, our experienced staff and partners develop and implement programs that create linkages along value chains — especially coffee and cocoa — that benefit smallholder farming families. We work alongside communities to help farmers adopt climatesmart sustainable solutions so they can maximize crop yield and quality. We coordinate farmer-to-farmer exchange visits and community demonstration plots for sharing techniques among peer groups. 

Emergency response

Lutheran World Relief’s presence in Indonesia allows us to deliver immediate aid to families affected by emergencies and crises, and promote sustainable recovery so that communities are prepared to withstand the next unexpected challenge. Emergency response programs may include food, water or non-food item provision, shelter construction and early livelihood recovery. Lutheran World Relief believes strongly that those affected by disasters have a right to life with dignity, the right to receive humanitarian assistance, and the right to protection and security, in line with the Humanitarian Charter. Therefore, we provide appropriate and effective services to the communities we serve and is accountable to these populations, as well as donors funding our work. 

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