"We know now that without gender equality and a full role for women in society, in the economy, in governance, we will not be able to achieve the world we hoped for."
We focus on empowerment of female farmers in Java and Bali. It is a direct result of the gender discrimination faced by the majority of women.
We are optimistic that we can successfully better the lives of countless women by empowering them through their work.
Women in Java and Bali produce over half of the food and perform 60% of the work, yet earn less than 10% of the income and own less than 1% of the land.
According to the World Bank, rural women invest 90% of their income back into their family.
Gender inequality is not exclusive to the Javanese and Balinese populations.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) believe that “empowering women farmers is crucial to our food security as a people and as a planet.”
We can help diminish gender inequality, and thus build a strong foundation of peace and stability within individual communities.
Indigenous women are guardians of ancestral knowledge, are natural nurtures, and therefore are best equipped to be the protectors of our natural resources.
Our mission and United Nations commitment are to empower rural women farmers and planting 3 million climate resistant coffee and shade tree seedlings by 2030.
To achieve this commitment, we need the help of individuals, importers, distributors, hotels, retailers, and corporations in developed economies to collaborate with us to help us reach our goal.
To contribute to the protection of the livelihoods of female farmers and farm workers, a minimum of 10% of your purchase of our farm fresh micro-roast sustainable coffee or 2% of farm fresh sustainable green coffee products will be channeled into our Women’s Empowerment Innovation Fund, which in turn will finance our first two Sustainable Programs designed to ultimately empower female farmers and farm workers in Java and Bali islands, and thus help reduce inequality.
The fund will also develop a Nursery Program, for the provision of new climate resistant coffee seedlings and a variety of trees, which serve to both shade the coffee plants and provide a secondary income for Javanese and Balinese women farmers.
Climate change is causing dramatic weather conditions which wash away rich soil nutrients and old coffee trees yields start to reduce and exposure to coffee rust, a fungal disease that ends the life of the coffee tree. Coffee needs shade trees to grow a healthy and sustainable coffee crop, yet in Indonesia, less than 20% of coffee farms have shade due to hundreds of years of deforestation.
In 2017 alone the coffee harvest in Java and Bali islands declined between 30-70% compared to the 2016 harvest. This was caused by extreme wet weather, combined with an abnormal lengthy rainy season. This natural event presented to us by Mother Nature greatly impacted everyones livelihoods.