How do we help the world feed itself?
At Women Thrive Worldwide, we know that women must be at the very center of efforts to address food security.
Having just returned from Burkina Faso, where I stayed with Mariam, a subsistence farmer, I am proud to announce today that I will be participating in a special panel discussion on food security this fall.
For this discussion on “Redefining the Fight Against Hunger, Poverty, and Suffering,” I’ll be joined by Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, World Food Prize Head Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, and farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett.
The conversation will be a key part of October’s World Food Prize Symposium, which will convene some of the finest minds from around the world who are working to reduce world hunger and poverty.
My main message to the symposium will be this: women farmers like Mariam are smart, savvy individuals whose insights from feeding their families must guide the development and adoption of solutions to address world hunger.
Improving food security has always been a vital part of Women Thrive Worldwide’s work, and this discussion is a fantastic opportunity to help amplify the voices of working women around the world whose efforts to feed their communities can and will redefine the campaign to end world hunger.
Women constitute nearly half of all agricultural workers in the world and a significantly higher percentage of smallholder farmers in developing countries where food security remains a central issue. They have a special stake in food security issues and a uniquely powerful role to play in defining solutions.
Empowering female food producers will not only help feed communities. It will also provide economic opportunity and stability for women, their families, and ultimately entire countries.
Women can help the world feed itself. Let’s make sure they get the chance to do so.
Ritu will join former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Ambassador Peter Quinn, and farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett for this discussion in October. To learn more, please read the Howard G. Buffett Foundation's press release on the panel.