Growing Women in Coffee is Fairtrade Africa's flagship project aimed at deepening the role of Fairtrade certification in promoting gender equality and empowerment within export value chains such as coffee.
The project, which runs from March 2015 - February 2018, is in line with UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a specific focus on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls and taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. It is also operating under Fairtrade International's 2016-2020 Strategy of 'Changing Lives through Trade' with its implementation supported by Fairtrade Foundation (UK) and Solidaridad Eastern & Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC).
Being a pilot project, Fairtrade Africa chose to support two legally registered 'Women in Coffee' associations uniquely established and nurtured by smallholder male coffee farmers within Kabng'etuny and Kapkiyai Cooperative Societies in Kericho and Nandi Counties of Kenya respectively.
The project supports women into income earning roles as coffee farmers and the marketing of their coffee locally and internationally. Support will help women improve their productivity through training and also environmental footprint through supplying biogas units (providing clean energy supply and reducing deforestation).
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