Gender & Youth

Defining and prioritizing issues

Sustainable supply of good quality and sufficient quantity of coffee is often hampered by unequal distribution of information, labor other resources within the coffee farming families. The benefits of coffee farming are regularly unequally distributed and are often not perceived as attractive by young people, which leads to many inefficiencies in the coffee chain.


The Gender & Youth Collective Action Network will:

  • Define and prioritize most pressing issues and actions to be taken
  • Increase gender equality and inclusion of youth in coffee farming communities 

The Collective Action Network will:

  • facilitate dialogue between the different actors in the coffee sector
  • align resources
  • drives efficient action to improve gender equality and youth uptake of coffee farming

Why does it matter?

Women do much of the production activities in coffee farming, but have little chance to benefit from training in sustainable coffee practices, inputs and income derived from coffee sales. 

In addition, in many producing countries, the average age of coffee farmers is increasing. The youth are not motivated to stay in coffee, face lack of ownership of land, coffee trees, access to training and finance, and benefits derived from coffee. As a result, they leave the rural areas and seek employment in towns. Continued coffee production by the “next generation” is therefore at stake and poses a great risk for the coffee sector. 

Coffee is, and likely will remain, an important cash and export crop. It is therefore important to address the challenges related to inclusiveness encouraging youth to start working in the sector and providing social and economic empowerment for women. 

Source: Sustainable Coffee as a Family Business

For more information, please contact Caroline Glowka

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