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According to a report by the International Coffee Organization (ICO), gender inequality in the coffee industry is an issue hindering sustainable development. As of 2018, still only 20-30% of the world’s coffee farms are run by women. Furthermore, on these farms about 70% of manual labor is performed by women and girls. They do not have access to resources for development and advancement opportunities because of social prejudices. This injustice has caused heavy losses in efficiency and supply growth. So if gender inequality issues are resolved, how will the coffee industry change? Let’s find out now with 43 Factory Coffee Roaster!
Gender inequality threatens the global coffee supply
In the coffee industry, women often lack decision-making power and opportunities to access finance, land, and knowledge. Especially in areas in Africa, economic and social barriers and strong negative stereotypes cause women to encounter many barriers in career and business. Female entrepreneurs and coffee farm owners will mostly be refused to attend seminars, share information or provide capital and technical support. This injustice causes the average productivity of farms run by women to decrease by up to 25%. In addition, their proposals are often rejected, without recognition. This can limit the development of unique ideas. The fact that women are only allowed to hold low positions and do manual and dangerous labor on farms can potentially reduce productivity and increase the rate of labor accidents. If this situation continues for a long time, it could cause global supply problems. As a matter of fact, in USDA’s latest report for 2021, global production decreased by 8.5 million bags. Experts say that although there are many influencing factors, gender inequality is one of the main causes leading to this decline.
Addressing gender inequality creates shared value throughout the coffee industry
According to some studies, narrowing the level of gender inequality to a certain level could increase 30 million cups of coffee per year. Because when there is no longer a “gender gap”, barriers to accessing resources between farms run by women will be broken. With enough information, tools, and large enough capital, coffee quality and productivity will increase and have greater similarity. Additionally, addressing gender inequality increases respect in the supply chain and helps build long-term relationships based on shared trust and values. Not bound by stereotypes, women and men have the same rights, obligations and opportunities. Opinions are received based on contributions to development, thereby improving sustainability for the entire coffee industry.
In the modern context, ethics is an indispensable aspect in the sustainable development process of any field. In particular, as socio-economic progress is making greater and greater progress, raising awareness and addressing gender equality issues is essential. To fully address gender inequality in coffee, we must clearly analyze the challenges that women and girls often face and change them.
In the way specialty coffee is produced, it aims to be gender-inclusive and help women gain more financial and social independence, while being considered equal to their male colleagues. Standards including fair treatment, pay and support contribute to closing the gap. Thanks to that, women will also have the same rights and opportunities as men, thereby promoting sustainable growth of the entire supply chain. So, please support specialty coffee products from XLIII Coffee – The brand developed from its predecessor 43 Factory Coffee Roaster to contribute to building gender equality!
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