Help Women Feed the World

Oct 21, 2011

Putting the Spotlight on Women Farmers at World Food Prize Day

THANK YOU! With your support (and in partnership with Land O’Lakes, Inc. and the Food and Agriculture Organization), Women Thrive Worldwide’s panel event “Feeding a Hungry World: Why we must invest in the next generation of female farmers” at this year’s World Food Prize was a tremendous success! If you were unable to join us live, you can view a recorded webcast of the event here.

This was Women Thrive’s first time presenting at the World Food Prize, and we are thrilled with how we were able to raise the profile of women and their role in addressing hunger and food security.  Our expertise on women and food security was also in demand, as President and Co-Founder of Women Thrive spoke on two additional panels at the event: “Innovative Solutions to Maximize the Potential of Women and Girls in Agriculture” and “Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies.” And our message that women can feed the world was heard far and wide. Please see the links below for a few sample coverage of the event:

Oct 10, 2011

YOU'RE INVITED! - 10/23 Feeding a Hungry World

Feeding a Hungry World - postcard 1
Feeding a Hungry World - postcard 1

Dear Friends,

Please join Women Thrive Worldwide next week for an exciting panel discussion, entitled "Feeding a Hungry World: Why we must invest in the next generation of female farmers," held in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organization and Land O’Lakes, Inc. at this year’s World Food Prize.

The panel discussion, will take place in Des Moines, Iowa and and be broadcast live over the internet on Thursday, October 13, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Central time  (9 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern time).  Click here for more information about how to participate in the live webcast as it happens, or watch the replay at

Thanks so much, and I hope that you will be able to join us!

Best wishes,

Mei Powers

Feeding a Hungry World - postcard 2
Feeding a Hungry World - postcard 2


Sep 24, 2011

Women and the Horn of Africa: The Suffering and the Solution

Lydia Sasu and rural farmers discuss food security
Lydia Sasu and rural farmers discuss food security

On behalf of Women Thrive Worldwide’s staff, board, and the community that we serve THANK YOU. Your generosity has helped us earn a permanent place within the GlobalGiving community and raise $3,200—nearly a third of our $10,000 goal—to support women worldwide in their efforts to end poverty and hunger in their families and communities. 

With your support and activism, we have been able to increase media attention not only to the crisis in Africa, but also to a solution—investing in rural women farmers. 

Recently, Care 2 featured a guest post from Women Thrive’s President and Co-Founder Ritu Sharma. In the post, Ritu points out that with the right support women could lift 100-150 million people out of hunger. Please read the full post “Women and the Horn of Africa: The Suffering and the Solution” here.

Your support has also helped us continue to support local women’s organizations and link them with U.S. investments in their communities. 

I am happy to report that Lydia Sasu, the Executive Director of the Development Action Association (DAA) and our local partner in Ghana, was recently featured in an article by USAID. The article covered how Lydia participated in a five-day USAID-sponsored training on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), an African-led initiative to reduce hunger and poverty through strategic investment in agriculture, and has trained 161 other rural farmers (80% women) in dozens of communities in Sege, Amasaman, Obuyedru, and greater Accra. View the full USAID article “Leaders Bring Training to Rural Farmers” here.

And we look forward to continue increasing awareness about the importance of investing in rural women farmers at this year’s World Food Prize. On October 13, we will host an event with The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Land O’Lakes entitled: "Feeding a Hungry World: Why We Must Invest in the Next Generation of Women Farmers." I will be sure to keep you updated on the event as it approaches. 

Thanks again for your support!

Warmest wishes,
Mei Powers


Aug 10, 2011

Ending starvation in the Horn of Africa, and world


Women and the Horn of Africa Crisis
As the world focused on political battles in Washington, a devastating humanitarian crisis erupted, claiming thousands of lives in the Eastern Horn of Africa, with Somalia suffering the worst impacts of the drought-induced famine. As in almost all crises, women are disproportionately impacted: from sexual violence in the overcrowded and chaotic camps, to the struggle to feed their children. Your support has helped Women Thrive to 1) highlight timely world issues and 2) continue to push Congress to ensure that our international assistance dollars go toward creating long-term solutions that invest in women so we can prevent future catastrophic food shortages.
Thanks again for your support!


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Mei Powers

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