Women and World Coffee Day: today espresso coffee is even better!
Today is International Coffee Day, the event organised by the ICO (International Coffee Organization), which, every October 1st celebrates the global coffee supply chain and the people who are the driving force behind it. Now at its fourth edition, the 2018 event has a special theme: “Women in the Coffee Sector“.
Women in Coffee: the role of women in the coffee supply chain
According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), women account for 43% of the agricultural workforce: 564 million women are farmers, farm workers or entrepreneurs
However, in the coffee sector there is still a resounding need to break down the cultural barriers that women face every day. Despite the fact that 25% of the plantations around the world are run by women – in coffee producing countries like Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon,
Colombia, India and Indonesia the percentage rises to 35% (Have you ever thought about how many women work so you can drink your daily cup of coffee?) – the inequality with men in terms of wages, access to credit, markets, technologies, training and even water, is still far
too evident. Such gender norms and cultural barriers result in abuse, poverty, subordination, as well as lower returns and incomes.
Reducing this gap – as pointed out by José Sette, Executive Director of the ICO, an intergovernmental organisation that brings together importing and exporting countries and the private sector worldwide – would not only contribute to achieving the United Nation’s
sustainable development objectives but would also bring further economic benefits: greater wellbeing for rural communities and greater productivity for plantations, thus providing a better way to address the growing demand for coffee in the world. To promote the sustainable development of the sector “we need better public policies and services that help to overcome these barriers,” said José Sette. Starting with plantations in the Third World.
The 2018 campaign goes beyond a simple tribute to women. It comes from the need for fairness and equality, from the right to live a meaningful and sustainable life, and from the need to recognise and encourage the participation of women in all stages of the supply chain.
Every day is a good day to celebrate our favourite drink: today is an even better one!
“When women are fully involved, the benefits can be seen immediately: families are healthier; they are better fed; their income, savings and reinvestment go up. And what is true of families is true of communities and, eventually, of whole countries.”.
– Kofi Annan (1938-2018)
Have a good International Coffee Day!
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