IWCA Research Alliance
The IWCA Research Alliance is a network of researchers and partners focused on collecting credible data on topics of critical importance to advance IWCA's mission and the sustainability of the global coffee industry. Research Alliance Committee members are typically based in producing countries and include several IWCA Chapter leaders.
Topics selected by the Research Alliance 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 Ruth Ann Church, IWCA Research & Impact Assessment Chair.
Recent Women In Coffee Data PreSENTATIONS
IWCA Invited to Present to the ICO in Cote d'Ivoire
In his opening speech at the 2017 IWCA Convention, Jose Sette, the new Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) communicated that ICO members should not only improve their capacity to provide employment data on men and women, but also recognize the strong contributions of women.
The ICO is considering new rules for the member countries' submissions of data. Currently, countries submit data focused solely on production: kilograms, bags and beans. On September 25, IWCA was invited to present at a special meeting of the ICO Statistics Committee in Cote d'Ivoire. The narration of IWCA's presentation to ICO members is available on the IWCA You Tube Channel.
August 2017 IWCA Convention
The August 2017 IWCA Convention in Puebla, Mexico included presentations from several leading research organizations in the panel titled, "Quantifying Women in Coffee: Who, Where, What?". Summaries are available below:
- Moderator: Ruth Ann Church, who also shared, IWCA Research Alliance Overview and Goals.
- Women in Coffee Brazil, Collaborative E-Book. Presented by Raquel Santos Soares Menezes, Dsc UFV-CRP,Universidade de Viçosa, campus Alto Paranaíba
- The Importance of Data for Development of Gender Equity Programs. Presented by Claudia Rodríguez, Gender Equity Program Coordinator, Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (FNC)
- Challenges and Opportunities for Women in the Rwandan Coffee Sector
Feed the Future Africa Great Lakes Region Coffee Support Program (AGLC) Policy Roundtable. Presented by Ruth Ann Church, Michigan State University
Current Research Alliance Committee Members
- Brazil: Josiane Cotrim, Raquel Menezes
- Guatemala: Blanca Castro, Alissa Bilfield
- El Salvador: Maria Botto
- Rwanda: Zafarani Uwingabire, Joanne Mugema
- Burundi: Isabelle Sinamenyei
A gallery of recent data collection, interviews, and research collaborations...