For over 60 years, CARE and Cargill have partnered to address food insecurity, malnutrition, and hunger around the globe. Since 2008, we have reached more than 2.7 million people, 480,000 directly and and 2.3 million indirectly, through 25 projects across 11 countries: Brazil, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Mali, and Nicaragua. Our work tackles complex challenges spanning nutrition, women’s economic empowerment, smallholder agriculture, education, and water, sanitation and hygiene. The key has been creating a holistic approach to working with rural agricultural communities as CARE and Cargill aspire to create long lasting, sustainable impact. Our work together in Central America, Africa, and Asia to improve food and nutrition security encompasses four key strategies:
- Increasing smallholder farmer productivity: We work with farmers to improve agricultural practices, services and access to inputs so they can increase the quantity and quality of production and improve resilience to climate change. We help farmer groups increase transparency and accountability through more effective leadership and financial systems.
- Connecting farmers to markets: We help farmers improve their financial and business skills so they can gain access to markets, improve governance of farmer associations and cooperatives so they can more effectively advocate for farmers, and increase opportunities for value addition so farming communities retain more of the profit from their crops.
- Ensuring the food and nutrition security of communities: We support nutrition education, improve food diversity, preserve harvested crops and reduce food waste. We also help engage women micro entrepreneurs in value chains so they can improve food security for their families.
- Addressing issues of governance, child labor and education: We support well-governed, thriving communities by strengthening community associations so they are better able to address food security, nutrition and education, including increasing school attendance and reducing child labor.