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Helene Gayle to speak today at World Food Prize meeting in Des Moines

10/18/12

Today at 2:00 P.M. CT at the 2012 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa, CARE President and CEO Helene Gayle will join USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and three other distinguished panelists for a discussionabout the U.S.'s Feed The Future program to tackle global food insecurity.

The panel focuseson the importance of strong partnerships between governments, businesses, universities and NGOs. And the panelists will also explore the crucial role of women's empowerment in successful global food security strategy.

CARE's experience makes clear that empowering women is essential to improving food security and overall nutrition in the developing world. For example, CARE's SHOUHARDOprogram in Bangladesh reduced child stunting (a measure of child malnutrition) at double the rate of typical food security programs. An independent scientific analysis of SHOUHARDO found that the program's women's empowerment initiatives were the single most important factor in the program's enormous success. And this year CARE launched itsPathwaysprogram to improve the food security and long-term resiliency of women smallholder farmers and their families. Supported by the Gates Foundation, Pathwayswill use the success of CARE's Village Savings and Loan Associations as a platform to enable women farmers to access the skills and services they need to promote sustainable agriculture in their communities and reduce poverty and hunger.

The full day's events are being webcastlive at WorldFoodPrize.org. The panel featuring Dr. Gayle begins at 2:00 P.M. CT.

While you wait for the webcast to start, watch this inspiring video on CARE's remarkable SHOUHARDO program.

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