Feed the Future Advancing Women’s Empowerment (AWE) Program

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Aslihan Kes

Chief of Party

Samantha Croasdaile

Prime Partner

EnCompass LLC

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To learn more about the AWE activity, please contact Samantha Croasdaile, [email protected].

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Check out our latest blog posts to find how you can help increase women's empowerment in agriculture. Our posts cover best practices, emerging learning, and practical examples of programmatic ways to address GBV, increase women's use of digital finance, understand women's decision-making, and more.

What We Do

The Feed the Future Advancing Women’s Empowerment (AWE) Program enhances women’s empowerment and gender equality in agricultural systems and programs by providing technical assistance to Missions, implementing partners, the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, and USAID offices to increase women’s participation, productivity, profit, and benefit in agricultural systems. Our approach values co-design, participation, quality, and actionable leave-behinds.

AWE provides services to Missions and operating units in analysis and application; monitoring, learning, and evaluation; capacity-building; and implementation support. Learn more here.

Our Team

Samantha Croasdaile

Samantha Croasdaile

Sr. Gender and Agriculture Specialist

Katie Cheney

Kathryn Cheney

AWE Call Order Team Lead | Sr. Gender and Inclusive Development Specialist

Elizabeth Hohenberger


Food Security and Agriculture Specialist

Jamie Holbrook

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Knowledge Management Coordinator

Jenn Williamson

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Vice President, Gender and Social Inclusion

Laura Courbois



Erin Markel

Erin Markel, Founder & Principal of MarketShare Associates

Founder & Principal

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