Many people in the developing world have no choice but to make a living as subsistence farmers in extremely adverse conditions. In the West African Sahel, desertification threatens the food security and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers. Lutheran World Relief’s agricultural projects help these farmers to rejuvenate their land and mitigate drought through the use of water harvesting and organic composting techniques. Today, vast swaths of barren land have been brought back to life through these interventions. This is a bold claim, but my drone helps to prove it!
Lutheran World Relief also distributes early-maturing seeds to farmers across the region. Crops that once took seven or eight months to mature can be harvested in half that time, reducing the chances they will be lost to drought. Check out the above video piece I created as part of this assignment to learn more about this project’s impact.