IFC is working with ECOM in Indonesia and Vietnam to set up Farmer Training Centers (FTCs) to promote quality awareness and best practices for sustainable coffee cultivation. The FTCs help farmers improve coffee productivity and quality, reduce costs and obtain internationally recognized certification for sustainable production. Over the last three years, around 4,000 farmers from Vietnam who obtained the certifications have increased their total income by about $6.6 million, and about 6,000 farmers from Indonesia experienced total increased incomes of about $3.8 million.
Indonesia and Vietnam are among the world’s largest coffee producers with millions of people relying on coffee for their livelihoods. In order to meet an increasing demand for high-quality coffee beans that are produced sustainably, the two countries must strengthen the supply chains in their respective coffee industries.
Women make up 80 percent of coffee farm workers in North Sumatra, Indonesia, and about 50 percent in Lam Dong, Vietnam. Although they play a key role in coffee cultivation, processing and marketing, they are often excluded from training and other development opportunities.
When women farmers have better access to technical training and productive input, they are more likely to adopt good agricultural practices. When women farmers are included in agricultural development opportunities, they receive critical knowledge, skills and assets that help them improve their household productivity.
IFC took the following measures in Indonesia and Vietnam to increase women farmers’ skills and improve overall coffee productivity and quality:
The project’s approach to involving more female coffee farmers can be replicated with other commodities in which women are known to play a key role.