Here, There and Everywhere

Feeding the World

Dear Gabriel,

As the election season builds to a finish here in the U.S., the farms across the developing world have been plagued by drought, with the often before seen results of hunger and despair for millions of people. Though they may be far away, you can make a difference for these millions. The decisions we take – or shirk – have real consequence, and not just at home. Today, you can take action designed to help end extreme world hunger forever.

Yes, of course we need governments to focus on the causes of extreme hunger and to help local farmers grow their way from dependency to self- sufficiency. But at FINCA, we don’t wait for governments to solve problems – we take direct action, and we invite you to join us today.

The U.S. State Department has confirmed what FINCA has witnessed for years. Although women in many countries frequently make up a majority of those working in agriculture, they are a tiny minority of land owners. Moreover, poor women are frequently denied access to credit, preventing them from hiring employees, buying seed and fertilizers, and expanding or improving the land that they work.

This is not just hurting women. It is strangling the economies of poor countries and the prospects of thousands of families struggling to escape poverty.

The exclusion of women from a full and equal role in farming leads to the loss of as much as 20-30 percent of crop yields according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). When so many families are just one drought from disaster, the marginalization of women farmers is not just a tragedy but a preventable scandal.

The FAO asserts that the equal access of women farmers to credit, farming tools and land rights, “could raise total agricultural output in developing countries by as much as 4 percent and reduce the number of hungry people in the world by as much as 17 percent, up to 150 million people.” That’s almost half the population of the United States.

And let’s be clear, the term “hungry people” is very literal. These are hard-working women, men and – far too often – children, whose ability to plan for a better future takes a distant second to planning for their next meal. It’s not right, it’s not necessary and, with your help, we can change this.

FINCA is not campaigning for equal access to credit for women farmers – we are providing it, making loans in rural communities from Mexico to Malawi that help women put food that they have sown and grown on the table.

As we stand on the verge of funding our one millionth microfinance client, you can stand with us.

Together, we can end the injustice of women farmers being denied access to life-changing credit solely because of their gender. By providing micro-loans, we can reap life-changing yields in agricultural output. Please help FINCA support women farmers today.

Thank you for your support,

Soledad Gompf
Vice President,
New Business Development

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