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Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Lori Pearson
Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Change & Food Security

CRS works in partnership with local organizations and host country governments to build the capacity of these organizations to address development needs via sustainable-people driven approaches. CRS also works with local stakeholders in disaster situations to provide life-sustaining aid, while building capacity in emergency response and disaster risk reduction. CRS’ largest technical program areas are in Agricultural Livelihoods, Global Health and Humanitarian Response. It is through CRS agriculture programming that CRS is addressing land restoration through agroforestry, farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) and improved soil and water management practices.

CRS has 11 projects in Africa that build the capacity of rural communities to address landscape restoration and management through techniques including agroforestry, farmer-managed natural regeneration, watershed management, bio-reclamation of degraded land, rangeland management, green manure and cover crops, etc.


Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Niger


Bio-reclamation of degraded lands: Restoring roots, rights and resilience in Niger

Understanding natural resources: A SMART SKILLS MANUAL

Managing natural resources: A SMART SKILLS MANUAL

Pocket Guide 1: Extension Practice for Agricultural Adaptation

Pocket Guide 3: Managing Water Resources

Climate change: From concepts to action

Watershed Development in Malawi: A Study from the Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) Program

Tortillas on the Roaster: Central American Maize-Bean Systems and the Changing Climate

Adapting to the Sahel's changing climate: Local approaches

Prediction of the impact of climate change on coffee and mango growing areas in Haiti