Food Security & Agriculture

Inclusive Economic Growth

female farmers

Abt Associates’ food security, climate change and competitiveness projects help our clients ensure men and women who are marginalized and very poor reap the benefits of development through increased incomes, job opportunities and better market access. Specific approaches for youth engagement are also elements of our programs that spur inclusive and sustained economic growth.

Agricultural development offers particular opportunities for gender inclusion, as women produce between 60 percent and 80 percent of the food in most developing countries. Women create benefits that endure across generations and play a vital role in achieving lasting food security because they are more likely to reinvest income in the welfare of their children. Our projects in Africa and Latin America work closely with women’s farming and processing associations, helping them get the financing and organizational capacity to generate community income.
 
A key focus of inclusive growth is stakeholder involvement in dialogue with government entities that regulate business, agriculture, trade, availability of inputs and tariffs. Abt Associates’ projects seek such input from vulnerable populations such as women and minorities, helping them make the most of their economic opportunities. Specific techniques include inventories and action plans, organizational development, incentive-indexing to encourage improved coverage of underserved populations, and ongoing training for governments and other actors to use and understand stakeholder input rather than avoid or feel threatened by it.