Help Women Feed the World

by Women Thrive Worldwide
Ritu Sharma with Tony Blair and Howard Buffett
Ritu Sharma with Tony Blair and Howard Buffett

Last week, Women Thrive's President Ritu Sharma spoke on a panel at the World Food Prize with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett on governments and their roles in solving global hunger and poverty.

In this discussion, Ritu emphasized the important role that women have to play in addressing world hunger and gave three recommendations on how to engage small scale women farmers on this issue:

  1. Avoid creating new dependencies. Food policy cannot and must not foist production techniques on local farmers that will only be sustainable with additional, outside support.
  2. Ensure women have the information they need. Women farmers deserve full information about possible food production methods — whether those methods are natural or high-tech — so they can decide what is best for their land and families.
  3. Empower women. Women farmers must not only be informed, but they must also be empowered to decide on food production techniques. Social norms on gender roles, limits on land ownership by women, a lack of access to formal markets, and other structural barriers to equality can limit women’s success in addressing local food crises.

We could not have done this without supporters like you. Your contributions help keep us accountable to the women and girls living in poverty.

Please learn more about how we’re helping women feed the world at:

EX-UK leader: Governments key in hunger fight

Another View: Female farmers need to have their voices heard, too

Thanks again for your support,

Mei Powers


I just wanted to share an article featuring our work from the perspective of one of our amazing partners, Humaira, that appeared recently in the Women in the World Foundation (link below). 

Here is a section that I thought you would be most interested in: 

         “In just a few weeks, presidents, prime ministers and heads of state from around the globe will converge on New York City for the UN General Assembly, where the talk will undoubtedly be of unrest in Egypt, food shortages in Africa, and violence in Central America.

        But one group will be making sure the gathered decision-makers focus on a population whose well-being could determine the fate of the world: women. Since 1998, the nonprofit Women Thrive Worldwide has successfully lobbied policy makers in Washington, D.C. and in foreign countries to meet the needs of women, who constitute the majority of the planet's poor and six in ten of the hungry."

Please listen more about our work through Women Thrive's interview with Humaira (link below).

With your support, Women Thrive and our partners are making huge strides in lifting the voice of women and girls worldwide. Thank you once again for your support. 

Warm Regards,

Mei Powers 

Women Thrive Worldwide


Tony Blair, Howard G. Buffett, and Ritu Sharma to Chair "40 Chances" Panel at World Food Prize

Dear Friend,

On June 19, at the State Department, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn announced a special panel at the World Food Prize in October.  The panel is titled “40 Chances,” a term which represents the number of growing seasons that a farmer can expect during his or her lifetime. With the theme of “Redefining the Fight Against Hunger, Poverty, and Suffering,” this discussion will bring together former Prime Minister and Founder of the Africa Governance Initiative Tony Blair, Howard G. Buffett, farmer and President of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and Ritu Sharma, co-founder and President of Women Thrive Worldwide. We are truly honored to be part of such an esteemed panel, on which Ritu will  emphasize that small, women farmers should guide the development and adoption of solutions to address world hunger.

To see the press release, please visit the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Here is a link to our announcement of the panel:  Women Thrive Worldwide World Food Prize Panel 

This is really exciting news for Women Thrive, and we wanted to share it with you. We could not do this work without caring individual supporters like you.


“We want women to have more control over their lives and the decisions that affect them. We need to view women as both beneficiaries and agents of change, not just one or the other" - a Haitian women activist

After a packed two weeks in Haiti, the Women Thrive team has returned to DC encouraged by the women and groups we met with and eager to get to work! Among other activities, Women Thrive led local women's groups and smallholder farmers in an advocacy training and capacity-building workshop. Check out our website for the full update on our trip

I also wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to give the moms you love a gift that makes a difference this Mother's Day. Make a gift in honor of someone you love to Help Women Feed the World and GlobalGiving will send her a card letting her know! What's even better, GlobalGiving is matching $5 for every donation for every tribute made until Mother's Day!

Thanks for your continued support. Together, we are helping women feed the world!  

Thank you so much for your continued support of Women Thrive Worldwide's Help Women Feed the World campaign. Thanks to you, we were able to reach our initial fundraising goal! 

I wish I was writing to say "the work is done!" but that is far from the truth. In fact, there's still a long way to go. Last month, Prof. Olivier De Schutter sounded the battle cry for women and food security in "The Feminization of Farming". Prof De Schutter said it well: The most effective strategies to empower women who tend farm and family — and to alleviate hunger in the process — are to remove the obstacles that hinder them from taking charge of their lives. We were so happy to see this article that we posted a letter to the editor and were featured in the New York Times

At Women Thrive, we believe this conversation needs to continue. And so does the work. This week members of our team our left for Haiti to work with Haitian women and grassroots leaders, the international development community, and the U.S. Government. With critical issues like food security at stake, it is incredibly important that these women are empowered to rebuild communities that thrive politically, socially, and economically. You can follow the trip in Haiti on Twitter using the hashtag #ThriveinHaiti

So, with this report, I would like to announce that Help Women Feed the World will continue to raise funds to help women lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Women and girls still need our support. It isn't over until it's over. Let's continue to help women feed the world!



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