The World Bank held an event focussing on women and gender issues in the coffee sector earlier this month. Kimberly Easson, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Gender Programme Advisor at the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), presented at the event, which took place on 10 February 2016. She spoke about ways to accelerate gender equity in the coffee value chain.
CQI’s initiative, ‘The Partnership for Gender Equity,’ of which ACDI/VOCA is a founding partner, released The Way Forward: Accelerating Gender Equity in Coffee Value Chains, in the autumn of 2015.
In addition to presenting the report’s findings, Ms Easson laid out a vision of how to build a vibrant coffee industry through increased gender equity. She said the future of the coffee industry “is at risk” and “one solution to that is greater gender equity.”
Other participants in event included Holger Kray of the World Bank, Konrad Brits of Falcon Coffees, and Kyle Newkirk of S&D Coffee. Of the importance of gender equity to the coffee value chain, Brits said: “There is growing recognition that risks at origin are risks shared by all, moving sustainability from a case for social justice to a case for business. As women make up more than half of the workforce, gender equity is critical to sustainability and the bottom line.”
For more information, see the forthcoming March 2016 issue of Coffee & Cocoa International.