gender inclusion to tackle climate change

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:
Gender equality.

key activities


Promotion of a stronger involvement of women in farmer organizations and decision making on household level.

Introducing practical and time-saving technologies that are addressing women’s workload and ‘time poverty’.

Saved time allows women a more frequent participation in training and farmer group activities.

Women become drivers of climate-smart agronomy practices.
Interested to learn more? Check our Fact Sheet c&c Gender and Climate.


the c&c gender component is supported by

Participation is still possible and right now there is a great opportunity to join in and team up with our current partners for further developing and spreading the sector knowledge for effectively and efficiently addressing climate change. Financial support to scale our c&c gender component is welcome.

For all interested private companies and organizations you can contact us directly via email: