Of women involved in the coffee sector at origin, 70% participate in the harvesting of coffee. However, only 15% have ownership (including co-ownership) of land (land used for coffee production), of harvested and traded coffee, and of companies related to coffee. (Source: International Trade Center Survey)
How do we at 23 Degrees help creating a more equitable coffee supply chain for women? … Through Sourcing and Education.
We are committed to source at least 50% of our coffee purchases from women coffee growers paying a price well above Fairtrade and market prices. How do we define women coffee growers? Women coffee growers have ownership or co-ownership of the land, receive direct payment for their coffee or manage or jointly manage their farms with their families.
We believe education is the key to empowerment. We invest our time and funds into education projects equipping women with skills to create a better livelihood for themselves and their families.
We support IWCA (International Womens Coffee Alliance) in educating women in Business Planning and Microfinance.
“I speak for IWCA and women everywhere on our gratitude for translating the work originally written by Verena Fishersworring and Maria Ruiz. Your generosity will impact thousands of women for decades to come. To be able to read the great work in English will expedite the heavy lifting in fundraising. Sincere gratitude from women worldwide.” Karen Cebros, President of Women Microfinance Fund in an email to 23 Degrees
As a roaster, we donate a portion of our revenue to the Café Femenino Foundation which runs valuable workshop for women coffee farmers in remote communities. For example, women are trained in food preservation such as pickling, canning, preservation and dehydration. Once fruit and vegetables are preserved, they can be sold at a later date when market prices rise, and food is scarce, or consumed within their own families. Other initiatives include the creation of organic gardens for the cultivation of quinoa and amaranth for balanced nutrition.
Creating equal opportunities for the future starts with providing children including girls access to quality education. We therefore support children in Brazil and PNG to get to school, have all necessary school material for the year and receive a quality education.