PGE believes that industry-led efforts to make supply chains more gender-equitable will result in improved relationships between male and female producers, as well as improved business relationships between producers and buyers. Put simply, greater gender equity will result in improved incomes and well-being for all members of producer households—men, women, boys, and girls—as well as a more sustainable supply of quality coffee.

The most important piece of PGE’s work in Stage 2 work is the launch of pilot projects in producer communities to demonstrate the impact of gender equity. Pilot projects are conducted in conjunction with producer partners, end-market buyers – roasters, exporters and importers – and development partners. These pilots will have direct impacts on buyers’ existing relationships and investments with producers while generating critical data to support the case for gender equity integration into sustainability work. 


By relying on PGE tools such as the Common Measurement Framework to develop a robust evaluation of our pilot projects, PGE will be able to test the impact of our recommended intervention and Project Methodology. We will assess the impact of gender equity on the well-being of farming households; improved income and sharing of decisions; and the quality and sustainability of coffee; among others. This evaluation component will also allow PGE to analyze the extent to which our tools and Project Methodology are scalable within coffee industry supply chains.


PGE pilot projects will implement gender equity initiatives at three interconnected levels of the coffee value chain: end-market (Level 1), producer organization (Level 2), and household (Level 3)


Our Theory of Change suggests it is necessary to work at each of these levels of the value chain in order to truly stimulate and sustain gender-equitable change.

PGE is seeking collaboration and investments from coffee industry partners, development organizations, researchers, and donors to fund and implement these pilot projects. Specifically, PGE is seeking the following partners: 

  • Coffee companies who will lead a pilot initiative within their supply chain operations. This requires investment of a company’s own resources to fund part of the pilot.
  • Bilateral, multilateral, or private donors who will supplement industry investments in these pilots, and fund technical assistance and research costs of pilot projects.
  • Other industry and development partners including certifiers and development organizations to provide technical assistance, research, and implementation guidance.

As part of our commitment to Pilot Project Partners, PGE will work with all participating industry members to collaboratively design, manage, implement, and evaluate the impact of all pilot initiatives. In addition to directly funding on-the-ground activities with producer communities, a portion of funds for the pilot projects will be set aside to ensure proper management and coordination. PGE will highlight industry partners’ participation through social media and at public events and presentations.