PRESS RELEASE, AUGUST 31, 2018
Special Film Screening and Discussion Tackle the Topic of Gender Equity in the Coffee Sector
Extract Coffee Roasters hosts event in conjunction with The Coffee House Project, Bristol’s First Coffee Festival
August 30, 2018 –Coffee farming families around the world face enormous challenges, putting them, and your delicious cup of coffee, at risk.
Gender in Coffee – A Documentary offers an intimate look at coffee farming through the lens of gender equity. The film follows the path of coffee from a smallholder farmer’s household in Chiapas, Mexico into the roasters and cafés where it’s enjoyed. Extract Coffee Roasters will host a special screening in conjunction with The Coffee House Project Coffee Festival in Bristol on Thursday, September 6th. The screening is followed by a discussion to explore the issue with attendees.
"Reducing inequality is a strategy for maximizing productivity and enhancing the quality of coffee,” explains Kimberly Easson, Founder and Strategic Director of the Partnership for Gender Equity, which is co-hosting the event. “According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), if women farmers had the same access to agricultural inputs and resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20 – 30 percent. When male and female farmers work better together - through more balanced decision making and sharing of resources – the wellbeing of their families and communities improves.”
“We are proud to be supporting this amazing cause at CHP and hope the film screening and discussions at the festival can shine a positive light on the great work that is being done by The Partnership of Gender Equity”, say Louisa Parry, co-founder of The Coffee House Project.
“The visibility of women throughout the coffee supply chain isa challenge in our industry and it’s great to see this being tackled head on by Partnership for Gender Equity.” says Gemma Screen, Marketing Manager for Extract Coffee Roasters “We are delighted to be hosting the screening of Gender in Coffee here at our roastery in Bristol.”
The screening of the film, which offers an intriguing and eye-opening look into an issue of critical importance to farming women, their families and communities, and the supply chain as a whole, is open to members of the coffee sector and allied organizations – though space is limited. Registration is required, and details about the event can be found at www.genderincoffee.org/new-events.
Aut The CQI Partnership for Gender Equity
The Partnership for Gender Equity (PGE), an initiative of the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), was created in 2014 as a collaborative research and development initiative to better understand the link between gender equity and supply chain resilience and determine the best way to respond. PGE brings together a diverse array of industry and development partners to actively support gender equity in order to improve the quality of producers’ lives and the sustainable supply of quality coffee. To support PGE’s goals and help make a difference, companies can make a direct investment in PGE, and/or support our work through Research, Projects, and Education/Advocacy. www.genderincoffee.org
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