Posts tagged ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’

Impatient Optimists: “If We Invest in Women, They Can Feed the World” #hwhtw #IWD12

A great post (with fun graphic!) from the Gates Foundation, as part of its International Women’s Day coverage.

If We Invest in Women, They Can Feed the World

Haven Ley

A breakthrough year with a new global agenda

The importance of highlighting rural women throughout the developing world, and their role in farming, is an exciting and critical message as we celebrate International Women’s Day. This year, those of us supporting rural women in agricultural development were given an extraordinary gift in the form of a focused and data-rich global agenda for women’s empowerment in agriculture.

Initiated by two documents, the 2012 World Development Report and the State of Food and Agriculture Report, and supported by groundbreaking new evidence, this global call to action focuses attention on key disparities in access to and use of agricultural resources (tools, land, and even knowledge) between poor women and men farmers. These reports offer a look at just how much more can be grown — and grown more effectively — if the “gender gaps” between women and men farmers were closed.

This new global agenda, with a focus on the gender gap, unites everyone from global donors to Agricultural Ministers to non-profit organizations. We all have concrete roles to play to ensure women farmers are able to access the tools they need to feed their families.

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March 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future

On September 22, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas Clegg, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will announce a five-year public-private global alliance to contribute to the goal of reducing the unmet need for family planning by 100 million women, expand skilled birth attendance and facility-based deliveries, and increase the number of women and newborns receiving quality post-natal care by 2015.”

Secretary Clinton says: “We also know enough about the science of nutrition to know these interventions have the biggest impact when they occur during the first 1,000 days of a child’s existence. That begins with pregnancy and continues through a child’s second birthday. Interventions after that second birthday make a difference, but often cannot undo the damage that was done because of the undernutrition during the first 1,000 days. So we can be very targeted with our investments to save and improve the greatest number of lives.”

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September 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment

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