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Empowering women coffee farmers in Colombia through inclusive business
Supracafé, a Spanish coffee company, joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) in December 2017 with a commitment to empower women in Colombia by training 400 female coffee farmers in effective cultivation techniques by 2022. It also pledges to support female coffee producers in preparing 200 hectares of land to grow organic coffee using sustainable and fair trade techniques, resulting in increased production and income for the farmers.
Established in 1990, Supracafé specialises in the import, processing and marketing of high quality coffee. It produces more than 20 different Arabica varieties, which are sold to coffee retailers in the hotel industry and specialty stores. It is the only Spanish coffee company that grows coffee on its own farm in Colombia and carries out all its agricultural processes there. Since its inception, the company has directly sourced beans from female coffee growers in Colombia, while strengthening their technical capabilities and innovation in the production of high quality coffee.
In addition to the above commitments, Supracafe will also integrate 200 new organic coffee producers into its existing value chain. Not only will these commitments improve lives at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP), by broadening the company’s base of suppliers trained in the latest innovative coffee cultivation techniques, it will result in greater farming yields and improved coffee quality for the company.
Supracafe has been recognized for its commitment and efforts to reduce poverty and improve the lives of the communities from which it buys its coffee. It is recognized by Fairtrade Iberica, which guarantees customers and suppliers an operation based on fair trade processes for the Arabica coffee produced by AMUCC (Women Coffee Growers Association) . This certification guarantees that the company’s agricultural processes are both sustainable and responsible, and are subject to strict social and environmental standards. Furthermore, Supracafe leads the first Technological Park for coffee where innovation is abreast in order to improve the coffee process production for women coffee farmers BoP. Supracafe is also recognized by a Spanish Government initiative, Invest Spain, for its positive social and environmental impact and contribution to poverty reduction. Supracafe is also a member of CAFÉ MUNDI, which seeks to improve the living conditions of coffee communities by improving infrastructure and working to reduce poverty in these areas; the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, committed to making coffee the world’s first fully sustainable agricultural product; as well as the United Nations Global Compact.
14 Feb 2018 - Spanish coffee company Supracafé integrates women farmers into its value chain, training them in effective cultivation techniques to build their skills and increase economic independence Bogota, Colombia, 9...