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.Continue reading
Together with the Global Coffee Platform we want to make the coffee sector long term sustainable. We support the setup of various National Coffee Platforms. Rainforest Alliance’s Christine Hornikal explains how these platforms play an important role in our mission and talks about benefits in Indonesia, Uganda and Honduras.
As part of their commitment to sustainable coffee, Lidl, together with the UTZ program and CARE has launched ‘Project Guatemala’. The project aims at climate change resilience and gender inclusiveness in a coffee cooperative of 90 women-led small coffee farms, as well as improved coffee production, resulting in higher profits.
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.
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.
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.
Meet Patricia Quijandría Díaz, UTZ country rep for Peru and Ecuador. We caught up with Patricia to chat coffee, cocoa and gender equality.
Kimberly Easson, Coffee Quality Institute’s Partnership for Gender Equity: “Gender equity is good for people and good for business”
If women farmers had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase their yields by 20-30%. That’s why UTZ and Coffee Quality Institute’s Partnership for Gender Equity are motivating change in the Nicaraguan coffee industry.
To make sustainable farming the norm, we need to strengthen partnerships within producing communities, throughout supply chains and across sectors. To find out how UTZ is working on this and how it relates to certification we sat down with Mariecke van der Glas, who is responsible for UTZ’s Sector Partnerships Program.
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.