Arathi Rao

Arathi Rao is a ONE Policy Manager focusing on agriculture and nutrition. She has previously worked for the World Bank, BRAC and the Council on Foreign Relations. A Fulbright and NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Arathi has a masters in international development from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a BA from Williams College.

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Mark your calendar: Women and agriculture Twitter chat

Mark your calendar: Women and agriculture Twitter chat

On Thursday, April 24 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET, 5 to 6 p.m. GMT, Half the Sky Movement will be hosting a Twitter chat with me as well as experts from Kiva and Heifer International to discuss how we can empower women in agriculture to lift 100 to 150 million people out of hunger. …...
Poverty’s cruelest irony (and 3 ways to fight it)

Poverty’s cruelest irony (and 3 ways to fight it)

Three-quarters of the world’s poorest people depend on agriculture for their nutrition and income. Yet challenges like limited access to resources and training and degraded soil make it harder every day for these farmers to grow enough food to feed their families and lift them out of poverty.
Women farmers in Africa: The real challenges they face

Women farmers in Africa: The real challenges they face

Anne Wafula (second from right) harvests millet on her farm in Kenya with the help of neighboring women farmers. Photo: Hailey Tucker Did you know that women make up half of Africa’s agricultural workforce overall, and more than half in several countries? And did you know that these African women, depending on where th......
The journey of a mango without a crate? A devastating one

The journey of a mango without a crate? A devastating one

Picture this: You’re a farmer on a mango plantation in Haiti. You pick your mangoes, load them up in a truck, and send them along to a fruit exporter to sell your fruit abroad. You’re excited – this was a good crop and you feel confident that your sweet, tangy mangoes will please consumers. But your mangoes, the ones yo...
Obama in Africa: A note on Senegal’s progress

Obama in Africa: A note on Senegal’s progress

President Obama kicks off his Africa trip today in Senegal, a fitting first stop for a president who has made agriculture and food security signature issues. During his time in office, President Obama has mobilized private investment and commitments from world leaders to support national agriculture plans and reinvest in the ......
How the changing climate will affect African farmers

How the changing climate will affect African farmers

The World Bank’s recent report, Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience, underscores the urgency of supporting African farmers now so that they can better cope with the potential impacts of a changing climate. Turn Down the Heat finds that an increase of 4 degrees Celsius worldwid......
6 steps to reducing global child malnutrition

6 steps to reducing global child malnutrition

Last week, world leaders pledged more than $4 billion to global nutrition programs and committed to save 20 million children from malnutrition at Nutrition for Growth, a pre-G8 event, in London. Now that these ambitious targets have been set, and tremendous resources have been mobilized to accomplish this goal, one question r......