Feed the Future Advancing Women’s Empowerment (AWE) Program

Background Narrative

The Feed the Future Advancing Women’s Empowerment (AWE) program is a five-year activity to enhance women’s empowerment and gender equality in agricultural systems and programming.

ACDI/VOCA is a leading member of the AWE consortium, which is managed by EnCompass LLC. ACDI/VOCA provides technical leadership in gender in agricultural systems as well as scaling up technologies and practices that maximize women’s empowerment in agriculture and expanding the evidence base in areas like women’s engagement beyond production (e.g., enterprise and employment) and decision making.

In addition to our robust gender and female empowerment practice, we bring to the team practical experience as a leading implementer of major Feed the Future agricultural development programs globally as well as proven ability to learn and evolve institutional practice in an inclusive, collaborative manner, cultivated through over a decade of work on the influential Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) and Accelerated Microenterprise Advancement Project-business Development Services (AMAP BDS) K&P I & II contracts.

To achieve its objectives, AWE provides targeted technical assistance to missions, implementing partners, the Bureau for Food Security, and other USAID offices to increase women’s participation, productivity, profit, and benefit in agricultural systems.

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  • Enhance Feed the Future agricultural programming to engage more women and improve women’s returns to agriculture.
  • Improve women’s empowerment in the domains of the Feed the Future Gender Integration Framework (GIF).

Funder: USAID
Budget: $15,000,000
Contact: Johana De la Cruz at JDelaCruz@acdivoca.org