“Coffee is one of the world’s most highly traded commodities. Women undertake approximately 70% of the field work but typically own only 15% of the land, processing facilities and traded product,” says Desiree Logsdon, president of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA).
“In other words, women do the work but have little access to money to feed, clothe and support their families.”
When women acquire the tools to grow better coffee, negotiate prices, or even build their own coffee mill, they typically reinvest 90% of their income in their families and community. This cycle of positive change can transform entire villages, and creates a more sustainable future for our industry.
The following infographic shows how the the IWCA is changing the lives of women in coffee.