Food Security: Our approach

Young women shelling corn
R. Hughes/CWS

Genuine grassroots development in the area of food security must come from communities themselves--not be imposed by others.  So, our work depends upon the collaboration of local partners and the full participation of local communities. 

This process begins with people coming together at the community level to identify local needs and resources and continues through their formulation of plans, implementation of activities, and realization of goals.

CWS-supported development work in both rural and urban areas typically includes not only agriculture and food security, but also income-generation and credit programs.  Areas of focus include: 

Supporting rural livelihoods with community based programs that yield improvements in production, the establishment of rural cooperatives, and the creation of employment through skill-building programs.

Improving natural resource management, targeting declining soil fertility, groundwater contamination, and persistent drought. CWS encourages an approach that supports ecosystems and educates farmers about protecting and managing their natural resources.

Promoting women’s empowerment and education for girls.  Women shoulder overwhelming responsibilities within their families and communities. Greater efforts toward gender equality are essentila for the eradication of poverty and hunger. CWS supports programs that provide women with the education, information, and resources they need to improve the well-being of their family, community, and nation.

Training in disaster management and mitigation. CWS emphasizes community-level emergency management training to build local capacity for emergency response and proactive disaster mitigation and adaptation in relation to climate change.

Advocating for trade policies and practices that work for people.  CWS is raising awareness regarding just trade, rules and policies that promote economic justice.