Empowering women and girls is critical to achieving secure, sustainable and equitable global food systems. Feed the Future promotes evidence-based and data-driven approaches to advancing gender equity, equality and women’s empowerment. We challenge discriminatory gender norms, policies and practices. We intentionally engage with men and boys as partners to empower women and girls in their different roles on and off the farm.
How a Coffee Farmers Group Empowered One Guatemalan Woman to Lead
When she was a little girl, María Juan Tomas often helped her father with the family’s coffee farm in Guatemala. One day, she thought, she’d… Read more
Wholesale Flour Business Uplifts Women and Elevates Nutrition in Tanzania
Severina Paul Mwakateba, a businesswoman in Songwe, Tanzania, is the director of her own food processing business called AA Nafaka Store Supply Limited that mills and sells a variety of flours. More than half of Mwakateba’s workers, and many of the farmers she partners with, are women. In a culture where women are often expected to stay at home, Mwakateba found minimal leadership development opportunities and limited access to credit. That’s when Mwakateba started working with Feed the Future’s Alliance for Inclusive and Nutritious Food Processing (AINFP). AINFP connects African food processing businesses, especially those owned by women, with access to technical advice, financing and market connections to grow their businesses. Read More
How Locally Sourced Fish Powder Drives Women’s Empowerment and Nutrition in Zambia
In Zambia, Lake Kariba is at the heart of a thriving fishing community, yielding throngs of tiny nutrient-rich fish often caught by women. But in… Read more