Help Women Feed the World

Oct 15, 2014

Thank You!

Ghanaian Woman and Child
Ghanaian Woman and Child

You helped us reach our funding goal. What can we say? Thank you just doesn’t seem like it’s enough.  

With your support, you helped us highlight the challenges and opportunities that women and men living in extreme poverty around the world face in their every day lives. These findings were captured in our report Less Than Two Dollars a Day: Creating Economic Opportunity for Women and Men Living in Extreme Poverty in Developing Countries. Through the report we amplified the voices of more than 200 grassroots men and women in Haiti and Ghana, 40 interviews with experts in the field and more.

We are excited that the report was just included as #33 in Women Moving Million’s Top 100 Gender Reports of 2014.

The best way we know to show our appreciation is to throw ourselves even more into our advocacy work for women and girls around the world.  Here are a couple of examples of what Women Thrive has in store:

  • We will host a summit in November 2014 to explore how corporations, governments, NGOs and more can better support marginalized women, and help them lead the way out of hunger and poverty.
  • We will make sure women leaders from developing countries have a seat at the table with heads of corporations, NGOs and government agencies. One such leader is Lydia Sasu, Executive Director of Development Action Association (a women farmers cooperative), who is part of our Global Partnerships Network.

Your support has been instrumental in making sure that the ideas and solutions that women and men living in extreme poverty are heard. This critical work is still needed, which is why we have increased our fundraising goal to $80,000.

We hope that you will continue to support this project—particularly on a day when your investment can have even more impact. Please consider donating today to take advantage of GlobalGiving’s match program. Matching begins October 15th at 9 am EDT and lasts until funds ($75,000 available) run out or 11:59 pm EDT.

Thank you once again for your support!


-Mei Powers

Sep 30, 2014

An Important conversation with the ONE Campaign

Please pardon the last minute notice, but I wanted to make sure you knew that Women Thrive has teamed up with the ONE Campaign's Girls and Women Program and Google for a special conversation about women and poverty. You can watch and join the Google Hangout here: 

This unique panel—part of an ongoing effort to advance women’s economic opportunity—will include representatives from the Brookings Institution, the World Bank, and FashionABLE.

Jina Moore, Buzzfeed’s International Women’s Rights Correspondent, will be logging in from Kenya to moderate.

I really hope you can join us in a few minutes. If not, the entire conversation will be available live and archived at the link below: 

I hope you can join us!


Mei Powers

Aug 1, 2014

Creating Economic Opportunity for Women at the Base of the Pyramid

Economic Opportunity Report
Economic Opportunity Report

We know that investing in women farmers - such as providing them with information, land rights, organizing support, time-savings systems, and better access to public-private partnerships - not only benefits women and their families economically, but also increases overall global crop production.

However, existing programs have often skewed toward middle- and upper-income women and overlooked those who live on less than $2 USD a day.  Such practices leave the most marginalized women and girls trapped in a cycle of poverty with draining resources and limiting growth.

To reduce overall poverty, we must take a closer look at the primary obstacles that women living in extreme poverty face in obtaining sustainable, productive economic opportunities.  As such, Women Thrive is excited to share our latest report entitled, “Less Than Two Dollars a Day: Creating Economic Opportunity for Women and Men Living in Extreme Poverty in Developing Countries.”

Key findings from the report include:

• Although both market access and property rights are critical for economic advancement, interventions focused in either area will be limited until the broader issues of the informal economy, largely made up of male and female farmers, are addressed.

• Countries with the largest populations in poverty also have high rates of agricultural employment, like South Asia (60 percent of employment in agriculture) and Sub-Saharan Africa (65 percent).  

 • While the informal sector normally refers to the non-agricultural economy, the predominant lack of social protection, formal employment arrangements, organized businesses, and regulations make agriculture a major part of the informal sector.

 The report concludes with specific, strong recommendations that stakeholders—donors, practitioners, researchers and advocates—can take to help mobilize resources to women at the base of the economic pyramid, reducing hunger and poverty.

The information and recommendations presented in this newly released report will help Women Thrive to inform a new multi-year policy initiative on women’s economic opportunity that will be launched this coming Fall.

Thank you for your interest and ongoing support.  The research, report, and upcoming policy initiative would not be possible without your belief in us as well as your generous donations.  We look forward to sharing more updates and successes in our joint efforts to end world hunger.


Christine Bond

Organizational Advancement Intern

May 2, 2014

Remembering Women Farmers

It is disheartening to think about how many factors weaken a woman’s ability to provide for her family. In light of the recent holidays such as Earth Day and World Water Day, Women Thrive has been sending strong messages about how imperative access to clean water, land rights and climate change are to women farmers. These are just a few obstacles that restrict women from being able to adequately feed their families. Just ask our Senior Vice President, Lauren Supina why she believes water access for women is a major concern that affects families all over the world. The absence of clean and accessible drinking water affects women’s health, safety and puts them at an incredibly high risk. (You can read her argument HERE.)  

Furthermore, as our president Ritu Sharma stated, “equipping women farmers with equal resources has the potential to feed as many as 150 million more people each year.” In her piece that she co-authored with Representative Betty McCollum, they propose a solution by saying, “The Global Food Security Act promotes sustainable, lasting solutions to hunger and poverty. And it does so by targeting our efforts to where they will have the biggest impact: empowering women and local communities.” (You may read the article HERE.)

When women have access to resources and equal opportunities, they have the ability to make real change. Here at Women Thrive, we believe that it is important to consistently educate change makers about the need to address equal land and water rights for women. We must continue to advocate and help raise the voices of women living in poverty worldwide. Please visit our BLOG to see a complete list of our publications so far in 2014.  

Thank you for supporting Women Thrive and girls around the world. Your belief in our work has enabled us to continue to amplify the voices of women farmers globally.

Warm Regards,

Mina Alemzadeh

Feb 12, 2014

Show Your #Love2Ghana

Lydia Sasu
Lydia Sasu

This Valentine’s Day, Women Thrive is celebrating all of the amazing women we work with in Ghana and around the world!

Women Thrive has been working with women in Ghana since 2010, mainly through our partnership with the Development Action Association (DAA). We provided advocacy and leadership training to the women of DAA, as well as connections to high-level decision makers. With this additional spark, they have been able to establish themselves as a knowledgeable, connected organization in Ghana by key influencers at the local, state, national, regional, and even international levels! Here are just a few examples:

  • In 2012 DAA’s Executive Director, Lydia Sasu, was nominated as not just the gender representative, but also the farmer representative for the science and technology committee. This position helped Lydia to connect with other important players in her country, push for gender integration across many thematic areas, and shape the implementation of Ghana’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Plan.
  • Women Thrive sponsored Lydia to speak before Members of Congress on several occasions, spreading the message on how to make U.S. agriculture assistance work better for rural women.
  • Lydia was also honored with the Women’s Creativity in Rural life Award given by the Women’s World Summit foundation in Geneva.

To this day, Women Thrive continues to work with Lydia and DAA on ways to increase economic opportunities for rural women. This Valentine’s Day, we hope you can show your support to women in Ghana and globally by:

  • Tweeting your support. Ghana's women help grow food for families, communities, and the world! Help us send #Love2Ghana this Valentine's Day by tweeting a pic! We will gather your pictures and tweets and send them to DAA on Valentine’s Day!
  • Donate to Women Thrive on February 12 as part of GlobalGiving’s MATCH DAY! TODAY ONLY, Global Giving will match 30% in funds for each donation given. The timing could not be any more perfect, as Women Thrive beings planning a course of action after our recent research trip to Ghana in 2013. Your support will help us strengthen our partnerships with women’s organizations in Ghana and the rest of the world.

Together, we can make a difference.We appreciate your belief in our work, and we are grateful for your support.


Warm Regards,


Mei Powers

Senior Manager, Organizational Advancement



P.S. If you are local to Washington, DC or in town this week, please join us in our pre-Valentines Day Event—#Love2Ghana. There will be raffle prizes, a digital social booth, and drink specials.


When: Thursday, February 13th | 5:30-9:00 PM

Where: Crios Modern Mexican. 2120 P St. NW, Washington DC 20037


RSVP Here:

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