One of the most impactful ways to promote sustainable development in farming families is to drive change for women!
Michael Opitz – Managing Director HRNS
Women in coffee producing areas are often left out in a decision-making process. Therefore, the initiative for coffee&climate promotes gender equality in coffee households and producer communities. In order to increase women participation in extension services and in leadership positions, and enhance the adoption of climate-resilient household practices we have expanded our gender focused climate component in cooperation with public and private partners. Together we want to support lifting the efficiency and impact of coping strategies at household and community level. Further, we want to assess together with farming households and farmer organizations how to further develop approaches for enhancing their efforts to prop up resilience.
We are currently promoting joint household decisions and greater inclusion of women in the c&c approach in Guatemala, Honduras and Tanzania
As there are 20 million farmer families producing coffee there are also 20 million women that are ready to perform their role. Consequently, gender programming also needs to be incorporated into any strategies for coping with climate change.
Through its gender component c&c is contributing to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5: