She Feeds the World


She Feeds the World’s (SFtW) goal is to improve the food security and nutrition of poor rural households, with a strong emphasis on women small-scale producers.

One of the key pillars of SFtW 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.

SFtW program builds on our 70 years of experience to include a stronger focus on nutrition, women’s empowerment, market systems, and access to critical inputs like water and land. It works directly with women to build their skills and confidence in sustainable agriculture practices, market engagement, gender equality, and food and nutrition security. To continue to push the envelope on high quality programming, the program harnesses cutting edge research and innovation. We use evidence from that research and innovation to build strategic partnerships and advocacy approaches that fuel structural changes that scale up women’s access to resources. These approaches link women to markets, improve family nutrition, and break down barriers that trap small-scale women producers and their families in poverty.

SFtW is structured in six outcome areas:

  1. Improving women’s empowerment.
  2. Improving women’s access to resources.
  3. Ensuring food security. 
  4. Improving women’s access to markets via inclusive value chains. 
  5. Improving nutrition in communities.
  6. Multiplying the impact of agriculture through women small-scale producers.