Men and women in Ugandan coffee growing households jointly benefit from coffee support interventions and improve family livelihood due to improved cooperation in their households.
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Inequalities between family members often affect the well-being of the household and the family's ability to generate sufficient income to feed the family, send children to school, or invest in the coffee business. We support farming families in their efforts to distribute household responsibilities equitably, share the income from coffee production, and make decisions as a family, so that all family members can benefit from coffee farming.
In Uganda, women provide up to 70% of the workload in coffee production. Also, they are responsible for growing food crops, child care and household chores. Yet, income from coffee is usually spent by men.
Our Gender Household Approach targets both women and men. It promotes agricultural production as a family business where all members benefit equally from the proceeds, because decisions are made jointly about how to increase and invest farm income. In this way, coffee production becomes more attractive and families can better cope with everyday challenges such as volatile markets and a changing climate.
Self-reliant and transparent farmer organizations —crucial for modern smallholder agriculture—depend on women's active participation to ensure its positive impact on the livelihoods of families. We provide women with leadership and business skills so that they can take on positions in farmer organizations and start their own businesses.
Increasing gender equality does not only empower women—it empowers everyone!