Peru Committed To Empower Women in Coffee Industry
The National Action Plan for Coffee in Peru has made goals to ensure the sustainable future of the Coffee Industry in the old Inca country. A substantial part of the goals is the empowerment of women because there is still too much discrimination and sexism against women in the industry. These goals are composed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
According to the UNDP, over 2 million people work in the production chain of coffee in Peru. This means that nearly 220.000 families benefit from the production and earn their bread because of the Peruvian coffee industry.
Over the past years, the numbers of people working in the coffee industry have risen rapidly. Currently, the annual revenue made by selling coffee is circa 700 million US Dollars. Coffee is distributed to over 55 countries all over the world. However, the industry is not perfect yet and there are still some challenges.
These challenges include the involvement of more women and adolescents, improving access to financial instances, reinforcing the trade position, improving the productivity and dealing with climate change. This is the best time to tackle these problems, which is why the UNDP set up the program.
According to the UNDP, the goals help the regions that produce coffee by strengthening their trade position and giving financial aid to the producing families. However, besides money, political aid is also needed to adjust the position of Peruvian farmers.
Therefore, the organization supports the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri). Minagri can help by making concrete plans for the coffee industry, in which all stakeholders benefit equally from ‘the Black Gold’. UNDP also enters into a dialogue with the Peruvian government, development corporations and civil societies to improve the sustainability of this sector.
Both the United Nations Development Program as the Peruvian Government are positive about the Nation Action Plan for Coffee. They expect that the plan will guide the coffee industry in Peru towards a more modern, sustainable and profitable sector.