The Virtual Learning Journey for Producer Organizations
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Advancing Gender Equity for a More Resilient Supply Chain
The Partnership for Gender Equity (PGE) is engaging allies across the coffee and cocoa industries to be at the forefront of a sector-wide efforts to make gender equity standard practice in the coffee and cocoa supply chains – favorably impacting the lives of millions of farming women and their families.
The Virtual Learning Journey is a tool for roasters and brands to involve their Origin Partners in programming that increases gender equity awareness, action and impact. In this unique 10-week online series, coffee and cocoa Producer Organizations:
+ understand and acknowledge the impact of gender inequities in their organizations,
+ build targeted plans for action to improve their own organizations, and
+ work together with End-Market Companies to define steps toward greater collaboration to advance work on the issue across the sector.
The vision behind the program grew from the need to shore up gender equity efforts in times of COVID-19 and to provide industry leaders an opportunity to create a more gender equitable future for the coffee and cocoa sectors post-COVID
The Virtual Learning Journey begins with three facilitated virtual discussions with the producer organizations to explore the components of a gender equitable producer organization.
Each organization responds to an online assessment and receives an Equal Origins Gender Equity Scorecard which highlights their strengths and opportunities for growth along 5 domains of gender equity:
Policies and Strategies
Membership and Participation
Leadership and Decision-making
Gender Equitable Attitudes and Behaviors
Gender Equitable Service Provision
The Scorecard includes recommendations for actions along each of the components which the organizations used to created a top-line action plan with three priorities to respond to their opportunity areas.
The VLJ includes a final session with end-market allies – roasters and chocolate brands – where the producer organization participants present their results, and discuss findings, opportunities, and ideas for collaborative action.
Gender Equity is the key to healthy families, vibrant farming communities and resilient supply chains.
As agricultural supply chains feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and resources are prioritized to respond to the global emergency, gender equity must remain a priority.
The Partnership for Gender Equity (PGE) is committed to finding innovative ways to continue to engage partners along the supply chain as the coffee and cocoa sectors evolve in these uncertain times. The Virtual Learning Journey is one such initiative.
Based on the positive outcomes from the first Virtual Learning Journey in Latin America, The Partnership for Gender Equity plans to expand this program to other regions and other farmer organizations; in Brazil, East Africa, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We invite your support to help us bring them to life!
For more information, to sponsor a group or to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.