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PGE UNVEILS METHODOLOGY TO ACCELERATE GENDER EQUITY IN COFFEE

PGE UNVEILS METHODOLOGY TO ACCELERATE GENDER EQUITY IN COFFEE



The Partnership for Gender Equity (PGE) has launched its third tool designed to enable the coffee industry to more effectively engage in gender equity.

Presented to industry at World of Coffee 2018 in Amsterdam in June, the Project Methodology (PM) provides partners with the ability to implement a field-level project within their own value chain.

The PM details explanations that support companies, development organizations, and other supply chain partners as they design, plan, launch, and monitor a project at a household, community, and producer-organization level.

The tool was developed with financial support from the SAFE Platform of the InterAmerican Development Bank, and incorporated input from a number of industry and development professionals to ensure its applicability in a variety of settings.

The methodology was validated within the PGE Field Level Project in Nicaragua, which was funded by the UTZ Sector Partnership Programme and includes a project-based indicator set to measure impact.

“With the launch of the PM tool, companies can more readily engage with work in their own supply chains to accelerate gender equity at the field level, and track our shared impact on the issue,” said PGE’s Strategic Director, Kimberly Easson.

The PM links the first two tools, the Common Measurement Framework (CMF) and the Engagement Guide, both of which were funded with the support from the Global Coffee Platform (GCP) and launched in late 2017.

The CMF allows coffee industry actors to learn about gender differences in their origin and supply chain programmes by integrating indicators that measure the conditions that inhibit full participation of both men and women, while maximizing effective performance of the coffee value chain.

The Engagement Guide for Gender Equity in the Coffee Sector provides a roadmap and resources for industry actors to engage in conversations about gender equity, and to aid in identifying actions that will support gender equity in their own organizations and with supply chain partners.

Over the next five years, PGE will work with partners to launch eight to 12 collaborative field level projects in key coffee-producing regions.

Each project targets an estimated 2,500 coffee-farming families (reaching 25,000 households and over 100,000 beneficiaries in total, including men, women and children).

PGE will track the impact and compare results, with the intention to demonstrate the impact of integrating gender equity approaches to sustainability in the coffee value chain.

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