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Christian Aid in Peru

Christian Aid works in Peru’s most remote rural areas and poorest urban communities, where the state is weak and poverty high.

We provide appropriate support and training to improve people’s ability to earn a fair living and live a decent life. Where changing weather patterns affect the production we train local people to adapt their agricultural techniques.

Inequality: Peru is rich in natural resources, but many of the country’s social conflicts are caused by poor management of these resources. Despite having one of the world’s fastest growing economies, urban and rural poverty are extremely widespread.

Extractive industries: Peru is the leading country in Latin America for mineral production. Gold, silver, zinc, lead and tin are its main mineral commodities. Since the early 1990s, mining has become hugely important to the country’s economy.

Foreign investment means that large areas of territory populated by numerous indigenous and farming communities are threatened by mines, dams and oil fields.

Climate change: Peru is the country third most vulnerable to climate change. It is considered to be South America’s most water-stressed country and is already vulnerable to water shortages.

Our work

Christian Aid has a joint programme with Progressio working with remote rural and urban communities helping them access their rights.

Where changing patterns in weather and climate affect agricultural production and access to water, we train local people to adapt and improve their farming techniques.

At a national level we work with partners to create a movement of civil-society organisations that work to put climate change at the centre of the Peruvian government’s agenda and advocate for the rights of communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 

Our partners

CooperAcción works nationally to make sure there is a healthy balance between the social, environmental and economic development of the communities where mining and fishing take place. It monitors mining activities and runs awareness campaigns on the impact of mining on local people and the environment. It also tries to persuade mining companies and the government to protect the rights of communities affected by mining.

Centre for Agricultural Development (CEDAP) helps farming communities in Ayacucho, the country's second poorest region, to improve their agricultural practices in order to preserve their soil and get maximum efficiency out of their water use, as ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

What you can do

• Help us continue our support of partners in Peru by donating.

Take action to help eradicate poverty and injustice across the world.

Further content

• Making women's voices heard in rural Peru


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