In 2013, we face a world with an excess of 1 billion chronically hungry people, the majority of whom are women and their families. Their plight is exacerbated by government policies and private sector decisions made far away with little consideration for them or the environment. These decisions force the rural poor, who rely directly on the natural resource base, to overuse fragile and deteriorating ecosystems as a survival strategy. And now, both the rural poor and the environment face a threat from climate change that is unprecedented in its breadth and scope.
Together, these factors accelerate environmental collapse and create intractable poverty.
CARE and WWF have come together because we share a common constituency affected by this lethal combination: rural women and their families living in fragile environments. We recognize that the threats they face demand more than discrete interventions and business-as-usual. They demand new ways of doing business: for CARE to fight poverty by empowering women, and for WWF to secure the precious natural resources that we all depend upon, we must work together to tackle the common set of underlying causes, local and/or global, that affect our joint constituency and the ecosystems that they inhabit.
In partnership, CARE and WWF have the experience, scale, and reputation as trusted advocates to change the paradigm and create lasting solutions.
The Alliance that we created focuses on finding the necessary solutions to problems affecting our common constituency. Together, we:
- Draw on learnings from our deep field experience to develop new programmatic approaches that tackle the common underlying causes of poverty and ecosystem degradation;
- Advocate – at all levels – for changes in policies and practices such as unclear tenure rights that contribute to both poverty and environmental degradation;
- Reach out to a diversity of partners beyond the conservation and development sectors;
- Mobilize public support and build civil society capacity to further these goals.
We are committed to our organizational structure formalized in our Strategic Plan 2013-2017 that will facilitate the development and implementation of joint programs, advocacy initiatives, coalitions and other initiatives.