Sustainable Livelihoods

Primary Goals

Our primary objectives


future generations
Together with our Partner Organisations, we strengthen practices that enhance biodiversity, soil health, and resilience to the climate crisis and mitigate its effects. Our goal is to ensure long-term food security and food sovereignty for present and future generations.


community resilience
Understood in an integral way, livelihood entails more than just “earning a living” – it includes the wider context of people's lives and the various factors that contribute to their well-being. Our efforts link economic empowerment, environmental stewardship, and community resilience, aiming for a multidimensional impact.


equal access
Our projects emphasise participatory and self-sustaining methods and approaches, supporting people in taking an active role in shaping their livelihoods. We emphasise equitable access to and decision making over natural resources, particularly for women, youth, and people who have been marginalised and value traditional/indigenous knowledge.


Our areas of work

Natural heritage management

  • Promotion of participatory and integrative concepts for the sustainable management of water, land and forests
  • Facilitation of the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Improvement of waste management, sanitation measures, and the access to safe drinking water

Agriculture and farming

  • Strengthening climate-resilient farming practices based on agroecology, agroforestry, organic farming, and other approaches
  • Advancing climate and environmental education as well as risk management
  • Establishing know-how transfer frameworks and exchange networks for small-scale farmers

Entrepreneurship and income generation

  • Training in social entrepreneurship, technical and business skills, microfinance and group saving approaches
  • Support of the analysis of value chains and market opportunities, enabling innovative solutions and informed decisions
  • Diversification and adaptation of production and income opportunities


Levels of participation


Within the sector, learning on an individual level is focussing on know-how transfer of climate resilient and sustainable agricultural and livestock production or processing methods, soil, water and forest conservation, climate change adaptation, market analysis and/ or business basics.


On the organisational level, learning and sharing focuses on associations-building, business development, participatory market research, marketing and communication strategies, financial management, certification processes as well as access to climate & carbon finance as a new financial source.


On society level, we foster learning by strengthening networking activities and policy dialog of our partner organisations at regional and national levels. Together we strive to promote political claims of the target groups for the sustainable management of natural resources, ecosystems and biodiversity, climate change adaptation and food sovereignty in particular for small-scale sustainable agriculture.


Martina Luger

is the Sector Coordinator for Sustainable Livelihoods.

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