Government of Canada

Global Affairs Canada

International Development Week 2015

Event Details
Status: Archived
Name of event: Making the Invisible Count - Gender Equity in a Fair Trade Coffee Co-operative in Nicaragua
Brief Description of Event: In the global coffee industry, small-scale farmers provide the bulk of the productive labour yet receive the smallest portion of the profits. Fair Trade co-operatives aim to support and strengthen farmer communities, valuing their labour and products more fairly while promoting democratic and equitable societies. Although evidence shows that Fair Trade co-ops are improving the livelihoods of small-scale farmers, women have been largely absent from these discussions. This seminar examines gender equity in PROCOCER, a Fair Trade coffee co-operative in Nicaragua. Interviews with women producers, co-op leaders, and gender specialists suggest that the co-op has a role in promoting gender equity not only at the organizational level, but in the member families as well. The study resulted in the development of a series of indicators — evaluation tools that support PROCOCER’s endeavors to consistently plan, implement, and sustain actions to improve gender equity. The participatory process of developing these indicators also high - lighted the need for continued efforts to develop a critical awareness and organizational response to gender inequities in the co-operative, particularly in providing spaces for women to define their own evaluation tools. Presentation by: Jannie Wing-Sea Leung MSc, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology
On-line event: No
Date of event: 2012-02-16
Time of event: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Event Location: 101 Diefenbaker Place
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Organization: University of Saskatchewan
Type of organization: Post-secondary
Contact person: Roxanne Craig
Telephone: 306-966-5904
Email address:
Address of Organization: 105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan