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Feeding the growing population means empowering women through agriculture

Lilian Ocholla, a domestic abuse survivor turned poultry farmer in Kenya, shows how empowering women can increase a whole community’s food security. 

  • Lilian Ocholla, a poultry farmer in Kenya is challenging gender-based violence by setting up a successful poultry business.

  • Cargill and Heifer International launched the Hatching Hope Kenya project to empower small-scale farmers to become integral players in the poultry value chain

  • By empowering women to start their own businesses, we can make great strides in solving the challenges we face in nourishing the world.

 

Feeding the growing population means empowering women through agriculture
After surviving 17 years of domestic abuse, Lilian Ocholla separated from her husband a year ago. She is focused on improving her well-being and building a better future for herself and her children.

Today, the 39-year-old mother and farmer is challenging gender-based violence by setting up what is fast becoming a successful poultry business.

Powered by a partnership between Cargill and Heifer International, the Hatching Hope Kenya project empowers small-scale farmers like Lilian to become integral players in the poultry value chain while at the same time improving nutrition in the community by promoting poultry production and consumption. 

You can read Lilian’s full story here.

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Empowering women to feed the world
Lilian’s story shows us the impact that one woman can have on an entire community.

Feeding the world’s population means helping to fix the holes in the agricultural system, and that means building an efficient local and global food system by helping farmers improve their livelihoods, enhancing the capacity of communities to be food and nutrition secure and providing emergency food where it’s needed. It cannot be done without the help of women.

Balanced economic growth and food security are achieved when women can fully participate. Women are the lynchpin between individual families and the community. They play an integral part in agricultural production as subsistence farmers, cash crop growers, food processors, livestock owners, and they are the leaders of the food choices made within their homes for their children and family members. 

By empowering women to start their own businesses, we can make great strides in solving the challenges we face in nourishing the world.

 

 

 

 

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