CARE’s She Feeds the World program framework helps the more than 800 million people who go to bed hungry—not because the world does not produce enough food, but because of global injustice. Hunger and malnutrition are the greatest threats to public health, killing more people than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined (UN HLTF, 2008). They are caused by complex inter-related factors, meaning that narrow sectoral strategies will not solve the problem. Social norms that don’t value women, market systems that do not reach poor people, climate change threatening productivity, and policies that fail the poorest and most vulnerable people are the causes of hunger and malnutrition around the world. She Feeds the World (SFtW) brings together the best of CARE and our partners’ approaches into an integrated framework to solve these problems, and helps us work with others to scale them up to reach more people. It helps us get solutions to more people in need, faster and more sustainably.
This is possible because CARE and our partners look at holistic solutions to hunger. Bringing together tools that address market failures, gender dialogues to help families chose more equitable options that improve their lives, and helping governments plan for response to climate change—to name just a few—has an impact that no single technique can bring alone. SFtW works with communities to select the combination of tools that will best address their needs—whether that’s an agricultural education program or better access to drinkable water—and continually refine those approaches to get the best impact.
This document is designed to support CARE and partner teams to find proven tools and practices that will help them improve impact on the ground. It provides an adaptable framework, that can be applied in different ways that fit different local, national or regional contexts. It also serves as an aid to fundraising, providing language around the problem statement, CARE’s approach, our tools, and our approach to scale.