Our response

As the coffee industry benefits from greater transparency and consumers are more focused on how their coffee is sourced, inequities between genders are an increasing risk in the value chain. With multiple crises threatening coffee supply and improved production, the gender gap is not only risky, it is unnecessary. Industry has the power to engage the full capacities of female and male farmers to address both industry profitability and human rights. A sustainable coffee sector demands gender equity.

In response, the Partnership for Gender Equity (PGE) is creating common tools and methodologies to support the coffee industry’s engagement and investment in gender equity across the value chain. These tools will serve to improve the livelihoods of producers and enhance the sustainable supply of quality coffee. Our approach comprises three stages: starting with scientific research, moving into strategic pilot projects and tool creation, and finally leading to our support of scalable investments throughout the industry. By harnessing the power of collective action within the industry, growers, buyers, exporters, importers, roasters, private foundations, development agencies, academic institutions and more can create a positive impact from community to cup, and for every step in between. Read more about PGE's PILOT PROJECTS and TOOLS FOR GENDER EQUITY

Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.
— Kofi Annan