Emergencies and the changing climate
CARE provides immediate emergency supplies and relief whenever a disaster hits. We work with survivors in the long-term to help them rebuild their lives. We work with communities to reduce the impact of future disasters – for example, creating flood-reduction systems to protect crops and homes. We train farmers in innovative farming methods – such as floating gardens and raising ducks instead of chickens – and work with communities to develop solutions to the causes of long-term food insecurity.
Measuring women’s empowerment
Our Shouhardo programme – which set out to reduce malnutrition among more than 2 million of the poorest people in Bangladesh – achieved astounding results through a simple strategy: women’s empowerment. The programme contributed to a reduction in child stunting (a measure of the impact of malnutrition) by 28% in less than four years, despite a crop-crushing cyclone and food price spikes. Researchers found that women who participated in empowerment interventions to help them fight sexual harassment, move about their communities more freely and gain a greater say in household decisions, were less likely to have stunted children than women who only received direct nutrition interventions such as regular food rations. Watch this short video to find out how women’s empowerment boosted the health of a nation.