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Delivering Climate-Smart Agriculture to Last-Mile Communities - June 2021
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Delivering Climate-Smart Agriculture to Last-Mile Communities - June 2021

During Amplio's June event, our panel discussed challenges and strategies to deliver climate-smart agriculture to last-mile communities, especially women and girls. From the start, technology has played a role. More big donors are funding interventions that address climate impact. But in March this year, ITU reported that 6 billion people remained offline in 2020, mostly due to the high cost of internet access. So how do we address these competing realities? How do we reach people who can’t afford a phone, let alone a drone? Speakers: Tawiah Agyarko-Kwarteng is a sustainable development consultant who works with the nonprofit and private sectors to empower smallholder farmers, rural populations, and women and girls. Since 2013, she has helped to design and implement The Hershey Company’s cocoa sustainability strategy in the West Africa region. As the Ghana country advisor for Empowered to Educate, Tawiah provides leadership training and mentors female educators. She also manages a consulting firm in Accra. Gretchen Greene is an environmental economist focused on climate, equity, and agriculture. Specifically, she works on questions of how to invest in public programming that will strengthen agricultural production and income without degrading ecosystem services or aggravating inequality. Gretchen has worked extensively with Native American and international communities on agricultural priorities and strategies for economic development. Revi Sterling is director of USAID’s WomenConnect Challenge. She has served as Chief of Party at NetHope and directed the Women and the Web Alliance, a private/public partnership with USAID, Intel, NetHope, World Vision, World Pulse, and UN Women. Revi founded and directed the nation’s first ICT for development graduate program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She consults widely on using technology to empower women and marginalized populations.