On June 16, 2015, the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and Speciality Coffee Association of Europe signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding recognising their common purpose of empowering women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives and encourage and recognise women's participation in all segments of the coffee industry.
The International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) and Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) are committed to working together to provide relevant educational programs, promote and create women's opportunities and common codes of conduct, and women's empowerment within a sustainable supply chain for the speciality coffee industry.
Desiree Logsdon, president of the IWCA, believes that the spirit of the MOU is directly related to the mission of the IWCA. “Our mission, to empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry is directly aligned with the purpose of this collaboration.”
Together, SCAE and the IWCA will be able to
· Provide Market access and/or Marketplace
· Recognize women's achievement:
· Create a Global Approach
· Foster Networking
· Create a platform for leadership training and professional development
David Veal, Executive Director of SCAE could not agree more. “Entering into this agreement helps to leverage both organisations efforts to make a real difference to the lives of women in coffee.” With a mission of inspiring coffee excellence through innovation, education, research and most importantly, communication SCAE, in alliance with the IWCA, can elevate the awareness of the needs of women throughout the coffee supply chain.
About International Women’s Coffee Alliance
Founded in 2003, the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) is focused on promoting possibilities for women in coffee communities throughout the world. With a mission of empowerment, IWCA Global (Board of Directors) has chartered 19 chapters since its inception. A 501-(c)3 non-profit organization, IWCA’s work focuses on four key pillars:
1. Chapter Operations & Development
Allows for IWCA chapter leaders and members to improve general operating procedures and skill set to increase success as a chapter.
2. Community Improvement
Includes social service projects and outreach initiatives which aim to improve aspects of the community in which the women farmers live.
3. Coffee Training & Education
Hands-on development provides women in coffee with the information, tools and skills they need to enhance the entire coffee production process from seed to cup.
4. Coffee Capital/Construction Development
Includes construction, building, fabrication or development of physical items as related to the coffee farming and production process.
For more information about the IWCA please visit www.womenincoffee.org.