Today is World Food Day, a day to celebrate the world’s farmers and focus attention on hunger, nutrition, poverty, and how to change food and agriculture. This year’s theme is "Our Actions Are Our Future: Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World."
Women play an important role in food and nutrition security around the globe — as food producers, nutritional gatekeepers, scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and government and business leaders. Unfortunately, they face many obstacles as a result of discrimination, from fewer educational opportunities to less funding. Research from AgFunder, the New Food Economy, and Karen Karp & Partners finds that just 5% of investment dollars in 2018 went to agri-food tech startups with at least one female founder, yet woman-led startups in tech generate a 35% higher return on investment than their male-run counterparts.
Food Tank is honoring World Food Day by highlighting the stories of 14 inspiring women around the globe who work every day to empower small farmers, advance food as medicine, and rethink the ways people access and afford food.