Voices from the Field

Leveling the field for women in coffee

Gender equality is vital to reach sustainable agricultural sector. As part of the Rainforest Alliance’s UTZ Sector Partnerships Program we brought together people from partner organizations – from grower association representatives to non-profit leaders – who learned five tools to identify gender gaps in coffee supply chains.

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Julius Nganga
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Why is gender equality vital for sustainable farming?

Gender equality between men and women is a key component of sustainable farming. Not only is it a human right, it is an effective strategy for economic growth and poverty reduction. Julius Ng’ang’a, country rep. for Kenya explains the current challenges and why it’s so important to work in partnership to reach gender equality.

Joky Francois
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How does the UTZ program address gender issues?

There are at least 560 million female farmers and farm workers in the world, comprising, on average, 43% percent of the agricultural labor force. But they face a multitude of challenges. UTZ gender expert Joky François explains why gender equality is vital for sustainable agriculture, and what the UTZ progarm is doing about it.

An auspicious beginning

January 2018 marks an auspicious beginning for the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ, which have just formally merged into a new organization. Han de Groot, the CEO of the new Rainforest Alliance and the former executive director of UTZ, reflects on the shared vision that brought the two organizations together.

Britta Wyss Bisang

Celebrating the women who grow our cocoa

Meet Léonie Ossa Sona, cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire. Léonie feisty, independent and a born leader. The world needs more strong women like her. On this International Women’s Day Program Director Britta Wyss Bisang celebrates women like Léonie, talks about how far we have come with gender equality and how far we still need to go.

 
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