The PepsiCo Foundation is partnering with CARE to tackle gender inequality in agriculture with an $18.2 million investment in She Feeds the World (SFtW). The grant will provide resources and training to 5 million women farmers and members of their communities worldwide to help them increase crop yields and income over six years (2018–2024). With this investment, The PepsiCo Foundation became CARE’s largest private-sector partner for SFtW.
The PepsiCo Foundation’s investment is advancing SFtW in communities where the company operates by working with small-scale farming communities. SFtW Uganda concluded in 2022 having reached more than 541,000 producers with skills, resources, and knowledge. Programs are ongoing in Egypt, Peru, Vietnam, and Thailand. In line with PepsiCo Foundation’s commitment to scale the initiative, the partnership is expanding to India, Pakistan, and Colombia in 2023.
Women account for nearly half of all agricultural labor in developing countries and work as much as 13 hours more per week than men, often without training, proper tools, like seeds and fertilizers, and rights to their land. Research shows that if female farmers had the same access to resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20–30 percent, potentially reducing the number of hungry people in the world by up to 150 million.
One of the key pillars of She Feeds the World is its focus on women’s empowerment, building on CARE’s existing women’s empowerment framework. CARE defines women’s empowerment as the sum total of changes needed for a woman to realize her full human rights – the interplay of changes in, Agency: her own aspirations and capabilities, Structure: the environment that surrounds and conditions her choices, and Relations: the power relations through which she negotiates her path.