Cargill and CARE expand partnership to improve lives and develop economy

The partnership has the ability to deliver a transformative impact. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

For more than 60 years, CARE and Cargill have collaborated to develop and implement 34 distinct programmes that reached more than 4.6 mn people across 13 countries, including Côte dIvoire, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua, and Indonesia

“With Cargill’s support, CARE has helped millions of people around the world grow more food, expand their incomes and build their communities. The next phase of our partnership will apply the lessons of experience and new innovations to increase our impact and create a more sustainable and food secure world,” said Michelle Nunn, President and CEO, CARE US.

The renewed third phase of Promoting a Sustainable and Food Secure World programme, PROSPER, will support 11 projects spanning ten countries including Benin, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, and Vietnam. With more than 50% of the world’s food been produced by women, PROSPER will focus on three main areas:

Enabling women’s access to inclusive markets to unlock greater production, expand profits on small-scale agriculture, and ensure food security.

Increasing women’s access to productive agricultural resources by improving access to market information, extension and inputs as well as the technology and financial services they need to be successful.

Strengthening and expanding strategic partnerships to advocate for systemic change for women and the broader community.

With these refined focus areas, PROSPER will be more focused on women and have a greater emphasis on scaling its work through advocacy and partnership. With PROSPER, both organisations aim to incorporate innovative approaches such as Farmer Field and Business Schools, Community Based Adaption, Village and Savings Loans Associations (VSLAs), and engaging men and boys to create deeper impact and empower communities at large.

The goal is to reach nearly 1.6 mn people directly and indirectly and deliver a transformative impact. With increased investment in global, national, and local advocacy as well as scaling up approaches through partners, innovation, and use of digital technologies; both organisations believe they will be able to multiply this impact further.

With Cargill’s position as a connector of the food system and their unique expertise and technical support paired with CARE’s on the ground experience and network, PROSPER will build sustainable and resilient supply chains and communities.