NEWS & EVENTS
MARCH 25, 2017 IWCA LUNCHEON AT NCA CONVENTION
When women acquire the tools to grow better coffee, negotiate prices, or even build their own coffee mill, they typically reinvest 90% of their income in their families and community. This cycle of positive change can transform entire villages, and creates a more sustainable future for our industry. Join the International Women in Coffee Alliance for this luncheon event to discuss the imperative issue of gender equality in coffee and meet professionals committed to the cause. We are pleased to welcome Meg Jones, Chief Economic Empowerment at UN Women, as our luncheon speaker.
APRIL 22, 2017 IWCA BREAKFAST AT GLOBAL SPECIALTY COFFEE EXPO
Gender empowerment and equality are considered a key component in economic development and are critical in making coffee the first sustainable agricultural product in the world. The IWCA is the platform for women's empowerment and equality to sustain coffee and ensure it is responsibly produced and sourced. Join us at our annual breakfast and learn how you can support our important work as well as network with other professionals who are passionate about gender equality.
IWCA CONVENTION, PUEBLA CITY MEXICO
The fifth IWCA International Convention will be held in conjunction with the Latin American Coffee Summit August 3-5 in Puebla, Mexico. For information on travel, accommodations, and registration please visit the official convention website: http://www.iwcaconvention.com/
Introducing IWCA Women In Coffee World
An online coffee buying platform that allows the buyer to purchase women grown coffee from any one of the 20 IWCA Chapters worldwide. Get direct access to crop information, grower information and get directly connected to your women grown supply chain.
IWCA 2016 BREAKFAST AND SCAA RECAP
The 2016 IWCA Breakfast was a sold out event that celebrated achievements made by women throughout the coffee communities. With record attendance, we unveiled our Women In Coffee World online coffee buying platform, that let's roasters connect directly with women growers to purchase women grown coffees. See more here: www.womenincoffeeworld.com.
Highlights for the IWCA at this year's SCAA event:
- 360+ Breakfast attendees
- Women in Coffee World Online Exchange Lauches www.womenincoffeeworld.com
- Signing of our 20th Chapter---Cameroon!
- IWCA Global Board Member, Leonor Gavina is honored by the SCAA with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
- IWCA Cupping Sessions draw great interests and attendance. Buyers got the opportunity to cup women grown coffee directly.
- Seven women from IWCA Chapters received the S & D Fellowship to attend Re:Co.
- IWCA Booth #1705 was busy the whole show and became a great place to meet women from other chapters, discuss business development, and network.
2016 IWCA BREAKFAST SPONSORSHIP GALLERY
The success of our breakfast is in huge part to the generosity of our event sponsors. Below you will see a listing for all of them and we encourage you to support their business.
IV IWCA COLOMBIA CONVENTION
HIGHLIGHTS AND NEWS
We had over 400 attendees representing 30 countries - coffee continues to break barriers between cultures, countries, ages and now gender!
The convention felt like the tipping point for gender equity awakening in ag commodities - everyone that attended now has a real responsibility to take action. If our goal is a sustainable future in coffee for generations to come, and we believe what the data is tell us then the IWCA is definitely positioned as the most viable and valuable connecting point to make that happen.
It was interesting to have the convention just after the peace agreement between Colombian President Juan Manual Santos and FARC, especially because many of these rural women want better for their families.
We were graterful for the generous support of the United Nations and World Trade Organization ITC.
The WCE All-Star Event was ground-breaking!
The IV IWCA Colombia Convention was a tremendous opportunity for networking, educational workshops, and mentoring. In that spirit, we would like to share some of the educational presentations, photo presentation, and letters from attendees. A big thank you to everyone who supported, taught, laughed, and shared with us. Your light feeds the dark spaces of the world.
Letters from Attendees:
As IWCA continues to grow, our events remain an important part of IWCA.
Our three main events, the Annual SCAA Expo Breakfast, the Annual NCA Convention Luncheon, and the Bi-Annual IWCA Convention, raise awareness and funds for women in coffee. Our events and accomplishments are often featured in media outlets and help tell the story of women in coffee.