Cultivating Change: Kitchen Gardens and the Path to Global Sustenance 

In the verdant landscapes of kitchen gardens, a silent revolution is taking place, led by the hands of resilient women.  

Beyond being sources of sustenance for families and economic hubs for local communities, these gardens become powerful catalysts when connected to the broader narrative of global hunger and food security. 

🌱Empowering Women: A Key to Global Food Security 

Women, who often disproportionately suffer from hunger and malnutrition, hold a unique and untapped potential in addressing global hunger.  

As emphasized by Opportunity International, investing in women, especially female farmers, is integral to making significant strides towards achieving sustainable development goals. 

💪The Impact of Gender Equality on Food Security 

Scholars assert that gender equality can substantially contribute to a country’s economic growth, with a pivotal role in determining food security.  

A cross-country study revealed that 43 percent of the reduction in hunger was attributable to progress in women’s education—nearly as much as the combined effect of increased food availability and improvements to the health environment. 

🌾Unlocking Potential Through Investment 

By giving women farmers the necessary resources to establish and grow their farms, the global community could potentially reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 100-150 million.  

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN emphasizes that if women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20-30 percent, leading to a 12-17 percent reduction in global hunger. 

🌍Connecting Women Farmers to the Global Agricultural Economy 

Opportunity International rightly highlights that connecting women farmers to the broader agricultural economy is an enormous opportunity in the movement to end hunger and malnutrition.  

As we celebrate the resilience and skills of women managing kitchen gardens, it becomes clear that their role extends beyond the domestic realm; it has the power to shape a global shift towards a more nourished and secure future. 

In essence, the simple act of cultivating a kitchen garden becomes a ripple that resonates on a global scale.  

It’s a call to action, urging us to recognize the immense potential in the hands that sow the seeds of change. As we celebrate these women in their role as cultivators, we simultaneously contribute to a world where hunger is reduced, and food security is a shared reality for all. 

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Mustafa Omar, CEO

Mustafa Omar
Chief Executive Officer

Mustafa Omar has worked for Shelter For Life International in the field and Headquarters management positions; managing projects, leading new business development, and guiding operations around the world. Mr. Omar was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and has worked in post-conflict reconstruction, Disaster Risk Reduction caused by human or natural phenomena, and market-revitalization efforts in Central Asia, East and West Africa, Europe, and Middle East for the past twenty (20) plus years. Mustafa holds graduate degrees in business administration and urban planning and is working on a PhD at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Topics of research and professional interest include Market Resilience and Social Risk-Management, Influence of Environmental Degradation on Fragile Markets, Impact of Improving Physical Space on Lasting Peace, and the Interaction between Modern Governance and Informal Market Structures.

Gordon Wright
Vice Chairman

Gordon A. Wright is Founder and President of over 40 years with JIMI International and is an Elder at Tulsa Christian Fellowship. Mr. Wright owned and operated a lawn and tree service business for nearly 15 years. Mr. Wright also served with the US Army for three years in the 1960s.Two of Mr. Wright’s years were spent in South Korea as a Brigade Intelligence Sergeant. Mr. Wright has provided mentoring and counseling to spiritual leaders around the world; with specific attention to individuals in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Bloc countries. Mr. Wright helped to found and direct East/West Resources International and Global Assistance Partners International. Mr. Wright has served as one of the original founding board of directors for Shelter For Life International. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gordon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.