CQI Announces Founding Partners for Partnership for Gender Equity

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Contact | Alexandra Katona-Carroll Organization | Coffee Quality Institute Phone | 562.901.3166 Email | akatona@coffeeinstitute.org Website | www.coffeeinstitute.org COFFEE QUALITY INSTITUTE PARTNERSHIP FOR GENDER EQUITY GAINS COMMITMENTS FROM ACDI/VOCA, FALCON COFFEES LTD, AMFOTEK, AND MARS DRINKS Portland, OR (January 21, 2015) – The Coffee Quality Institute® (CQI) is pleased to announce commitments from four founding partners for its Partnership for Gender Equity. ACDI/VOCA, an international nonprofit development organization, Falcon Coffees, a leading trading company in the sustainable coffee sector and member of Westrock Coffee Company, Mars Drinks, a 100% workplace-dedicated beverage solution provider, and AMFOTEK®, a 100% woman-owned premium beverage business, have agreed to contribute financially to the research stage of the initiative. The Partnership for Gender Equity is a collaborative research initiative spearheaded by CQI to better understand the effects of gender inequality in the coffee sector and develop industry best practices that support gender integration in the coffee supply chain. Through this initiative, CQI is conducting an extensive literature review and participatory workshops—for both women and men—in four countries. The initiative inaugurated its first workshop successfully in Cauca, Colombia, in October 2014 and just held its second in Nicaragua earlier this month. This collective effort will result in sound recommendations for pilot projects, investments, and partnerships to help ensure sustainable gender integration in the coffee sector. The four Founding Partners will sit on the Partnership for Gender Equity advisory council for the research stage of the initiative to guide research questions and provide input to the overall project framework and report. “To address growing supply risks linked to climate change, plant disease, and out-