With continued support and strengthening partnerships, IWCA women advance the global coffee industry. Examples include:
For five years, the IWCA Guatemala Chapter has organized regional competitions of women coffee grafters. Coffee grafting is a specialized skill that involves attaching seeds to root-stock by hand. Grafted plants are desirable because they can have a higher productivity and be more tolerant to challenges like drought and root plagues. In the 2016 competition more than 150 women participated from different regions of the country. The event introduces grafting to women in rural areas as both an income source and opportunity to integrate more women into the coffee production. For more information on IWCA chapters or to support our continued efforts click here.
The IWCA El Salvador Chapter was one of seven organizations convened by the national government to support development of the El Salvador coffee sector through a program entitled "Unity to Reactivate Coffee Fields." (Maria Botto of the IWCA El Salvador Chapter and IWCA Board of Directors appears in the photo above.) The leaders of the participating organizations recognized the urgent for collective action to address economic and coffee sector growth. For more information on IWCA chapters or to support our continued efforts click here.
Since it's formation, the IWCA Burundi chapter has developed key alliances with coffee exporters/importers, secured a washing station, and developed a a profit-sharing plan for sale of IWCA Burundi member coffees. The chapter is currently working to change national policies that prevent women producers from registering coffee in their own names. For more information on IWCA chapters or to support our continued efforts click here.
An annual Coffee Market, or Coffee Santhe, is organized to raise funds to support the IWCA India Chapter. Held over two days this event brings together key players in the coffee industry ranging from the Coffee Board of India, to the Tourism Board, and a number of other private companies. Funds raised from this event support scholarships, access to educational opportunities, healthcare screenings, and more. For more information on IWCA chapters or to support our continued efforts click here.
IWCA Research Alliance
The IWCA Research Alliance is a volunteer-driven committee that brings together researchers and partners to accelerate credible research results on topics of critical importance to the IWCA chapters and the global coffee industry. The women in the Research Alliance are trained researchers, typically based in producing countries. They are networked across the globe, mirroring the structure of the IWCA global organization.
Topics selected by the Research Alliance are those that are not otherwise pursued, supported, or funded. For example, the Research Alliance is currently pursuing a three phase project to identify the number of women working in coffee and their unique roles, what some call the "gender data gap". This data is critical to identify the most effective courses of action for programs, policies, and other interventions to secure the future and sustainability of the coffee industry. For more information, or to support this effort, please contact us.