We believe that trade is not just an exchange of goods but an opportunity for the consumers to care for the people and planet who produce their daily consumption, such as coffee. This approach consists of two key elements: training and connection. First, through a heavy investment on skills-based training, we empower smallholder women producers to grow and nurture specialty and sustainable coffee. Second, through a transparent marketing platform, we connect our producers directly with buyers around the world. By retaining the value chain in their own communities, our producers are able to earn 200% greater income.
Smallholder women make up 60-70% of the workforce in coffee production and processing, yet earn less than their male counterparts, face hurdles in accessing finance, and suffer from gender based discrimination on a daily basis. We are on a mission to change the status-quo.
Coffee is the second most widely traded commodity in the world. 25 million people depend on coffee for their economic livelihoods, but a large percentage of that population, from underrepresented communities, are excluded from participating in decision making processes or in earning a just price for their work. If we want to preserve our favorite morning beverage from being extinct, we need to create a coffee supply chain that works for both people and planet.
We are a group that believes in hacking the system to disrupt the status-quo. We are economists, activists, anthropologists, entrepreneurs and sociologists coming together to envision a sustainable world. The following is a sample of the kind of literature that has informed our philosophy and work at Bean Voyage:
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12. UN Women. 2014. World Survey on the role of women in development, Gender equality and sustainable development
13. World bank, FAO & IFAD. 2009. Gender in agriculture sourcebook. Washington, DC, World Bank
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Source for flow diagram: Partnership for Gender Equity