New Chicago Council study finds rural adolescent girls have untapped potential to spur economic development and help meet the world’s future food supply needs

Who: Catherine Bertini, 2003 World Food Prize Laureate
Nafis Sadik, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General
Bridget Obhagiagie Bobadoye, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) 2011 Fellow, Nigeria
Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development, Imperial College London
Marshall M. Bouton, President, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Rishika Das Roy, British Council Global Changemaker, India
What: Report Launch – “Girls Grow:  A Vital Force in Rural Economies”
When:  Friday, 7 October 2011; 1000-1200 hrs
Where:      Church House, Church House Conference Centre, Dean’s Yard, Westminster, London

The Chicago Council will release a new report on how investments in rural adolescent girls can spur economic and social change. Catherine Bertini, 2003 World Food Prize Laureate, serves as the publication’s lead author and chair of the project that produced the report. Media interested in attending the launch or receiving an embargoed copy of the report, please see instructions below.

43 percent of farming and virtually all of housework in low-income countries are handled by women and girls. The 285 million rural adolescent girls are many of the world’s current and future farmers who will help increase the productivity of land. They are also the rural managers, entrepreneurs, decision makers, leaders, and mothers of tomorrow. In spite of this, rural adolescent girls are often among the most disadvantaged. Only two cents of every development dollar goes to adolescent girls. 

Ms. Bertini will be available for interviews on the 6-8 October. 

SPECIAL INSTURCTIONS FOR MEDIA: Please e-mail Christiane Berthiaume, or call + to register for this event, schedule an interview with Ms. Bertini, or to receive an embargoed copy of the report.  Photo identification or press credentials required.

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