Project Profile

Global Development Alliance: Investing in Women to Strengthen Supply Chains

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client

USAID Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment Hub (DDI/GenDev) and PepsiCo’s Global Sustainable Agriculture Team

Prime Implementer

Resonance

Partner Organizations

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

Time Period

June 2020 – June 2025

Country

Global with geographic targets in Colombia, India, Pakistan, and Vietnam

Challenge

Women play critical but often unseen and unpaid roles in agricultural production. They represent 43% of the global agriculture workforce yet receive unequal access to training, technology, finance, and land. This is a significant missed opportunity: closing this equity gap could make women-run farms more productive and successful—thereby increasing household earnings, sparking economic growth, and augmenting the global food supply.

PepsiCo sources raw materials from farmers worldwide. Its global agricultural supply chains offer an excellent test case for the power and potential of investing in women.

Solution

In June 2020, PepsiCo and USAID launched the Investing in Women to Strengthen Supply Chains partnership to prove the business case for women’s economic empowerment and show how elevating women in supply chains can lead to greater growth, profitability, and sustainability.

USAID and PepsiCo will work together to strengthen women’s agricultural skills and access to resources within PepsiCo’s supply chains to demonstrate the value of women’s contributions to core business and impact goals. Together, the partners will provide evidence-based models, new on-farm approaches, and data and insights to make a practical and compelling business case for scaling investments in women’s economic empowerment within PepsiCo and other global companies.

The partners will work together across four programmatic pillars:

  • Pillar 1: Capitalize on PepsiCo’s Demonstration Farms to Showcase Innovative Ways to Empower and Support Women in Agricultural Supply Chains

    The partners will design, implement, and showcase new solutions and strategies for empowering women in agriculture. They will pilot and evaluate these interventions through PepsiCo demonstration farms—sites where PepsiCo agronomists train farmers on good agricultural practices and technology to improve production—in Colombia, India, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Through this work, the partners will seek to provide clear models of on-farm and supply chain interventions that consider women’s needs, priorities, skills, and unique knowledge.
  • Pillar 2: Invest in Women’s Empowerment Solutions in Agriculture

    The partners will provide grants to bolster the work women-led farmer groups, women-led businesses, and other supply chain actors are pursuing to strengthen women’s economic opportunities, enhance competitiveness, reduce gender disparities, and improve women’s access to and control over land.
  • Pillar 3: Influence the Industry

    The partners will use evidence and lessons learned from the activity to make the case for scaling investments in women to PepsiCo peer companies sourcing from or working in rural communities.

  • Pillar 4: Scale Women’s Economic Empowerment within PepsiCo Business Units

    The partners will leverage the evidence-based business case for women’s economic empowerment to inform and reinforce PepsiCo’s commitment and investments. PepsiCo will apply lessons learned from the partnership to focus its investments on the highest impact approaches for empowering women.

Key Results

The partnership has recently launched. We look forward to updating this section in the coming months with key results from the partnership's first year.

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