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 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.
Overview of Published Reports on Women in Coffee: 2015 - 2018
Overview of Published Reports on Women in Coffee: 2015 - 2018 was completed in December 2018 by a group of reviewers convened by IWCA Global's Research Alliance. The seven volunteers come from five countries. All are committed to promoting the need for more thorough and well-designed data collection, credible analysis and public sharing of well-written reports on the topic of women in coffee. The last few years have seen several new reports, some widely publicized in the coffee industry, and some less so. With this document, we hope to make it easier for researchers interested in expanding this body of literature to assess the most recent quality and types of completed works, who has contributed important field work on the topic and where the gaps remain. The ten reports reviewed in this document are not deemed of equal value or importance. The criteria to be on the list was that the report appeared publicly between 2015 - 2018 and the report must address gender issues in coffee directly. Please contact Ruth Ann Church if you believe a report has mistakenly been omitted. Please download, enjoy and share!
IWCA Brazil Publishes E-Book - now in English!
The IWCA Brazil Chapter published their long-awaited e-book in Portuguese in December 2017, and launched the English version in September 2018.
The 17 chapter book is written by 40 Brazilian researchers working from 11 organizations, including several Brazilian universities. The effort also represents Brazil's large, varied geography and diverse populations. The research approach in each chapter is different, ranging from intimate interviews focused on family life to data-centric analysis of cooperatives.
The work was supported by Embrapa, and spearheaded by the IWCA Brazil Chapter, whose dynamic leadership includes Brigida Salgado and Josiane Cotrim. Additional key contributors include several people. Cristina Arzabe, a lead researcher at Embrapa, was both motivator and group coordinator. Raquel Santos Soares Menezes, professor at Universidade de Vicosa, was a lead researcher and presented this work at the IWCA Convention in Puebla, MX. Cintia Matos, IWCA Brazil Chapter President and former chapter vice president, lead the logistics management.
The IWCA Global Organization congratulates the IWCA Brazil on the accomplishment and hopes that this effort can provide a model for other IWCA Chapters and partners to utilize this unique platform to share, communicate, and highlight women's important contributions, especially in coffee.
IWCA Research Alliance Releases New Data
In June 2018, IWCA Research Alliance Chair, Ruth Ann Church, published a blog post describing the context and recent accomplishments of the IWCA Research Alliance. The post included the most recent version of the table below, which lists estimates of women in coffee from seven coffee producing countries.
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. IWCA was invited to present at a special meeting of the ICO Statistics Committee in Cote d'Ivoire on September 25, 2017. 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...
RECENT Press Describing Women in Coffee Data Effort
Coffee’s Gender Data Gap. Global Coffee Report. August 2018.
Women in the Coffee Industry: What You Should Know. Perfect Daily Grind. March 2018.
Breaking New Ground in Gender Research in Coffee. NCA Blog, The First Pull. July 2017.
Why Counting Women in Agriculture Matters. COSA. March 2017.