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Spanish coffee company Supracafé is integrating women farmers into its value chain, training them in effective cultivation techniques to build their skills and increase economic independence.

The Spanish coffee company has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to empower women in Colombia by training 400 female coffee farmers in effective cultivation techniques by 2022.

It also pledges to support female coffee producers in preparing 200 hectares of land to grow organic coffee using sustainable and fair trade techniques, resulting in increased production and income for the farmers.

Launched in 2008, BCtA aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that engage people with less than US$10 per day in purchasing power (in 2015 dollars) as consumers, producers, suppliers and distributors. It is supported by several international organizations and hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In addition to the above commitments, Supracafé will also integrate 200 new organic coffee producers into its existing value chain by 2022.

“As productivity rises, business in general will also increase, and the company will have more resources to scale up its activities. From this initiative, we intend to scale up Supracafe´s supplier base, initially in the same regions of Colombia, with the purpose of increasing sales to other markets such us Europe and Asia,” said Supracafé CEO Ricardo Oteros.

“Supracafé is setting a good example for other agricultural producers by showing that it is possible to grow quality, fair trade coffee in a way that is also helping to improve the economic stability of the farmers it sources from, particularly women. They are leading the way in demonstrating that profitability can go hand in hand with achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” said BCtA Programme Manager Paula Pelaez.

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