Women like Comfort are seen as victims of climate change. You can help them become the solution.

Posted on 09/02/2022

All of us at Grameen Foundation are excited to celebrate our 25th anniversary this year. It is a joy and a privilege to look back at the millions of women and families we have empowered, thanks to you and so many other friends of Grameen.

[Learn more about our 25th anniversary and register for our free virtual celebration!]

But even more important than marking past milestones is our need to understand future challenges women and families living in poverty will face – and to start planning and innovating now for how we will help them.

Having seen the impacts of climate disaster on the ground, it is hard for me to imagine a greater threat to poor communities than that caused by our rapidly warming planet. But here’s the good news: Women, especially female farmers, who are the most vulnerable to the threats of climate change, can also be the agents of our best solutions!

According to the United Nations, women produce anywhere from 50-80% of the world’s food, but own less than 10% of the land. They also have less access than men to credit, agricultural inputs like seeds and fertilizer, technology, and extension services to enhance their capacity to adapt to climate change.

You may remember us telling you about Comfort, the cocoa farmer in Ghana. Comfort’s crop was failing and her family was starving until she started working with Grameen on a farm development plan.

Here's how access to technology and climate-smart farming practices changed her life.

Now, imagine the impact we can have on so many more women like Comfort—not to mention their families, communities, and the planet—if we equip them now with sustainable solutions to increase their crop productivity and prepare for climate threats.

Here’s the good news: Thanks to our supporters, Grameen Foundation is already hard at work doing just that.

[Make a gift today and empower women like Comfort with the tools and resilience they need to adapt to climate change.]

There’s much more I want to tell you about the impacts of your support. Fortunately, I’ll get that chance as one of the featured panelists at our Virtual 25th Anniversary Celebration on October 20 at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET.

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