Posts tagged: women farmers

Sustainability, Part 3: Let's Put People First

Sustainability, Part 3: Let's Put People First

A circular economic model is the vehicle required for change within the specialty coffee industry. When we operate along a continuous circle across our supply chain, we can build wealth and expertise alongside coffee farmers, rather than in spite of them.

Current leading trends in specialty coffee primarily tie company resources to increasing coffee farm production and quality through capacity building and agricultural inputs. While production and quality investments at coffee origin are necessary components to any "sustainable" trading model in the coffee industry, increasing agricultural support (under the guise of combating climate change) fall grossly short from anything even close to what our coffee-growing friends would call "sustainable."  

 

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Women Farmers in Charge? Get Used to It.

Women Farmers in Charge? Get Used to It.
I cannot fully portray the spirit of these amazing women. They have all been through so much; the older women who carved a path to a better future for the next generations were so selfless. Some lost husbands, others were verbally abused by men and other women in the community, but they knew that a woman's place is not just in a home. They knew that they did not have to rely on men for their livelihood. With the help from La Fem, this cooperative of women grew strong and fought for what they saw was right. 

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