Higher temperatures, erratic rainfall and increasing uncertainty pose significant challenges for food systems and small-scale food producers, eroding confidence in local knowledge of weather patterns and ecosystem services. Rising food and nutrition insecurity in the face of climate change is a defining challenge of the 21st century. Food security encompasses the availability of food, access to nutritious food, stability of food supply, and good care, feeding, health and sanitation practices, and it conveys having consistent and affordable access to enough of the right kinds of food.

As farmers, caregivers and producers, women play a key role in feeding the world. Yet, they have unequal access to resources, services and assets to increase their yields, incomes, and resilience. CARE’s 2020 Strategy and its global framework for food and nutrition security, She Feeds the World, thus seek to work with women, girls, men and boys to free women’s potential. It recognizes gender inequalities and climate change as major contributors to rising food and nutrition insecurity, which exacerbates poverty, vulnerability, and injustice. The strategy sets out to reach 50 million poor and vulnerable people and increase their food and nutrition security and resilience to climate change by 2020.

In its food and nutrition security work, CARE aims to strengthen sustainable, climate-resilient small-scale agriculture systems to improve food and nutrition security for producers, workers and consumers. CARE works to build food and agriculture systems that are Sustainable, Productive and Profitable, Equitable and Resilient (SuPER). SuPER is a set of principles that guides CARE’s work in small-scale agriculture in a changing climate and articulates the outcomes that agriculture and food systems must deliver to work for small-scale food producers.