As CARE Pathways wraps up Phase 1 of its programming and prepares to move into Phase 2, we have begun to assess the program’s influence on its core countries and beyond. The findings are impressive: Not only has Pathways directly reached more than 65,000 female smallholder farmers in its six core countries–boosting their food security, productivity and profitability, improving their nutritional outcomes, and increasing equitable decision making in the household– but the program has also had a significant influence on work conducted in those core countries and beyond. To date, the program has influenced at least 20 other programs in its core country offices, impacting at least 3.5 million beneficiaries in 600,000 households. Some of these programs, such as Harande in Mali and Shomosti and Shouhardo III in Bangladesh, were described in a previous article. A number of country offices have put Pathways at the center of their long term program strategy to reach the most destitute women in agriculture.
Outside of the Pathways core countries, the program has also influenced at least 8 other country offices in places like Nepal, Benin, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ethiopia. Updates about Pathways influence on country programs will be described in forthcoming blog posts. In total, these programs will reach over 100,000 beneficiaries.
Pathways program models are also shared with number of MNCs including Wal-Mart, Cargill, PEPSI, General Mills and Kellogg’s. In addition, several research partners have also been influenced to understand specific empowerment dimensions around gender impact (WorldFish), Agriculture technology (ICRISAT), Collectives (COADY), land rights (LANDESA), agriculture labor (SEEP) and understanding local influence in market system development (BEAM). Pathways program framework, tools and approaches, and impact on women’s empowerment have been shared through a number of global knowledge sharing platforms including TOPS, SEEP Network, BEAM Exchange, World Food Prize through a number of webinars and session presentations.
Contributor: Nurul Amin Siddiquee