USAID supports food assistance that aims to address increased needs in a manner that improves food consumption patterns and increases dietary diversity. This includes supporting subsistence farmers and other agriculture-dependent households through the provision of appropriate and timely inputs for planting and growing seasons and sustainable agriculture practices to improve food security, diversify agricultural income, and strengthen local management of water sources. USAID helps vulnerable households to restore livelihoods, increase financial resilience, and mitigate the effects of future shocks through financial literacy courses, establishing community savings and loans groups, and restarting income-generating activities. The Agency also funds early recovery, risk reduction, and resilience activities that focus on building long-term resilience and response capacity, increasing disaster resilience by bolstering the technical capacity of local governments and communities to prepare for, mitigate, and respond to natural hazards, including earthquakes, floods, and fires. Finally, USAID’s protection partners provide psychosocial support, learning and recreational opportunities, and case management and referral services for women, children, and other groups facing heightened risk of exploitation, gender-based violence, and other forms of abuse.


  • Improve food security for 42,000 individuals over the next year
  • Provide protection/gender based violence services to 17,000 women and children
  • Help prepare for, mitigate, and respond to natural and complex disasters.


Prospera ($10.7M) This activity uses multi purpose cash transfers and agriculture inputs as well as critical market and financial services to support livelihoods of vulnerable households. The latter are used by linking communal savings groups to agricultural activities and small enterprise grants to local market systems.

Improving Food Security and Resilience to the Most Vulnerable Household ($4.5 million) The purpose of the intervention is to provide immediate nutrition-sensitive food assistance to crisis-affected populations to meet their essential needs and facilitate relief and early recovery. The activity also works on the creation of livelihoods with a resilience-building approach.

SCOPES: Strengthening the Capacity of the Civil Protection System in El Salvador ($1.1million) The objective of this activity is to engage representatives of El Salvador’s Direccion General de Protección Civil (DGPC) and regional Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) to review and strengthen priority disaster management plans, enhance training curricula and modules, and build the Government’s capacity for disaster risk reduction and preparedness.

RAICES: Restorative Agriculture in Communities for Economic Sustainability ($5 million) This activity assists farming households in drought affected areas of El Salvador to establish agricultural and water systems that increase food security and reduce risk to drought.

PREPARE El Salvador: Technical and Capacity Building Assistance to Strengthen Urban Risk Management and Response Capacity in El Salvador ($1.2 million) The purpose of this intervention is to prepare authorities and the public in El Salvador to adopt life-saving practices and reduce exposure to seismic/earthquake risk.

Improved Access to Resilience-Building Community-Led GBV ($1.3 million) The objective of this award is to prevent, mitigate, and respond to gender based violence (GBV) through enhanced community-based programming and resilience in the communities of La Chacra and Apopa.