Kerry has announced a partnership with Café Femenino, acting as the primary sponsor and extraction partner of the foundation globally.
This grower support initiative is a community-based program in coffee-growing regions that is dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty that affects female coffee farmers around the world.
As part of this partnership, Kerry will provide access to its global distribution network for the group’s coffee production. Café Femenino is based in nine countries, including Peru, Sumatra (Indonesia), Brazil, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia and Rwanda.
As part of Café Femenino’s efforts, local programs help their women farmer members receive payments and payment premiums directly and assume leadership roles, e.g., in co-op voting and on boards. The members also secure rights to the land they farm to produce fair trade certified and organic certified coffees. This partnership further strengthens Kerry’s “Beyond the Horizon” sustainability program and showcases the company’s continued commitment to improving the livelihoods of suppliers and their communities.
Leigh Anne Vaughan, global strategic marketing director, Taste at Kerry, said, “With this partnership, our customers anywhere in the world can now access and support the distinctive taste of the premium fair-trade coffee produced using high-quality, organic certified coffee beans from women growers in Sumatra and Peru. Consumers can also be assured that the women responsible for the production of the coffee beans have been compensated directly for their work, and also provided the opportunity and resources to enact positive change in their home communities and on their own terms. Through this partnership, Kerry will be the only company worldwide creating coffee extracts from the beans of Café Femenino growers. Kerry is delighted to partner with the Café Femenino community program.”
Sabina Cecanop, founding president of Café Femenino Peru, said, “We have used the money we’ve received from the Café Femenino premium to invest in improving our homes, providing education for our daughters, and improving the food we feed our families. Café Femenino has been wonderful in improving the self-esteem and empowerment of women in the community.”