It made Thomas see why many female farmers around the world needed similar help. “Data shows if female farmers had the same access to resources that men did, it could significantly increase food security and potentially reduce the number of hungry people in the world by up to 150 million,” she says.
And so, in 2019, the PepsiCo Foundation announced that it would donate $18.2 million to She Feeds the World, a global program created by CARE to empower women like Xiquin around the world.
But Thomas didn’t want to stop at financial support. She wanted to help these women tell their stories and to increase awareness of the gender inequality challenges that make it so hard for women to work as farmers.
So PepsiCo launched Closing the Crop Gap, a campaign that spotlights women around the world and addresses one of the main causes of food insecurity — gender inequality.