Newsletter Issue 75 • February 2019
Unleashing the Untapped Potential of Women to Drive Progress
Empowering women is smart development. When a woman is empowered, she can contribute in new and greater ways to her family, community and country. And families with empowered women are more resilient when hard times hit.

Feed the Future’s work with women throughout agriculture and food systems is unleashing their potential and sparking new opportunities to create a more food-secure future. Women participate in all aspects of the food system, from farming and research to trade and marketing to entrepreneurship, leadership and caring for family members. Agriculture, in particular, is a unique catalyst for economically empowering women as they represent nearly half of the agricultural labor force in developing countries.  

Feed the Future’s work to promote women’s empowerment is also reflected in a larger effort that is advancing entrepreneurship by bringing workforce development and skills training to women and girls, helping them access capital, markets and mentorship, as well as removing restrictive legal, regulatory and cultural barriers. Earlier this month, the U.S. Government launched the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative , its first-ever whole-of-government approach to promoting women’s economic empowerment.

Feed the Future is excited about the momentum to continue helping women overcome barriers and gain equal access to tools, resources and opportunities. Read on to see how Feed the Future and our partners transform lives, communities and countries by lifting up women and girls. 

Feed the Future in Action
Women in rural Ghana grow their business, build healthier families and create more resilient communities with access to banking.
After an earthquake, a farmer in Nepal used her agricultural skills and knowledge to rebuild her family and community’s livelihood.
A volunteer in Ethiopia empowers orphaned girls and prepares them for successful futures.
With a more level playing field, female farmers can increase their yields by up to 30 percent and can feed 150 million more people. 
Check out our updated fact sheet on how Feed the Future is empowering women through investments in agriculture, resilience and nutrition -- and why that matters.
Partner Stories
Following an accident that left her husband paralyzed, one Bangladeshi woman sustains her family through sunflower production (video above).
See how a Peace Corps volunteer drove a grassroots initiative to spur economic empowerment and improve food and nutrition security. 
In partnership with American businesses, USAID supports young farmers, enabling them to transform their communities.
Explore how U.S. investment in developing countries like Georgia provides young farmers with tools to transform their futures.
Upcoming Events
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What We're Reading
The 'Salt Queen' working to transform the health of a nation
Feed the Future Innovation Labs recognized for promoting ingenuity.
Photo Credit: Cover Photo – [Bobby Neptune]
Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.