Women Producers Coffee - Organic
Our Women Producers series was crafted as a way for us to support women coffee farmers as they work to secure a future for their families.
It is reported that up to 70 percent of all work done on coffee farms is performed by women. In contrast, their legal representation as landowners and association membership tops out at 20 percent and falls as low as 5 percent in some countries. Magnifying the problem, in many countries, land ownership and even cooperative membership is held only in the husband’s name and is not transferred to the wife upon death or desertion. This leaves many women and families with sometimes hopeless futures.
In response to this inequity and inequality, we have chosen to create a year-round offering sourced exclusively from women coffee farmers. These producer groups are have been selected from a list of associations Café Imports has established within their network of producers. They began their program in 2012, paying members a gender-equity premium on top of the quality-based initial price for their coffees. Through working alongside Café Imports, we gain access to their years of experience and a greater understanding of the social and economic impact this premium makes in each community.
Fundación Agraria y Ambiental Para el Desarrollo Sostentible (FUDAM) is a 300-member association of organic-certified (and Rainforest Alliance–certified) growers that was founded in the year 2000 by just seven producers who shared a vision of sustainable agriculture as well as environmental protection and development. This group of smallholders lives in and around the small municipality of La Unión in Nariño, where the terrain differs greatly from in other coffee-growing areas like Cauca: Instead of walking up from the town to the farms, as elsewhere, here the towns are at such high elevation that the farms are typically lower elevation, surrounded by high peaks and rough road.
Organization leader Raquel Lasso has established a subgroup for women, called Manos de Mujeres, focused on empowering projects as well as gender-queity in payment for women growers in the cooperative.
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