The North-South Institute


Improving the Capacity to Act on Gender Equality in Colombia: A Fresh Look at the Coffee Export Sector

The North-South Institute has launched a new capacity building initiative intended to strengthen the monitoring and research capacity of NSI partners in Colombia. The project, developed in 2013 in consultation with La Federación Nacional de Cafeteros (FNC), will highlight the country’s important coffee sector (responsible for 25% of rural livelihoods). Moreover, it will create a social dialogue about gender equality – and the importance of women farmers – in coffee producing communities. The emergence of female-headed households associated with Colombia’s armed conflict, low levels of education, property rights and domestic violence represent some key gender concerns in producer regions.

The project will result in four main outputs:

•    A monitoring methodology, including gender indicators, that can be used to track issues of concern within the sector
•    New baseline data disaggregated by gender from Huila, Cauca and Nariño
•    Workshops at the community and institutional level
•    An international dialogue on the issues raised by the project.

The project methodology can be replicated by FNC and other labour associations interested in social, labour and equality considerations in their sector.


Workshop Report: Coffee Sector Gender Workshop, by Barbara MacLaren

To view Barbara’s Blog, click here.

To view photos from the project, please click on the links below.

Cosechando Cafe – Harvesting Coffee   Cafe del Cauca   Casas y lugares

For more information, please contact:

Barb MacLaren
Pablo Heidrich
Senior Researcher


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