In CLAC there is recognition for women’s incomparable role and contributions to the development of families, communities and organizations. Current data indicate that women constitute just over 43% of the labor force in agriculture, and have less access to productive resources such as land, inputs and loans. According to the latest report from Monitoreo e Impacto Fairtrade, 26% of all producers and workers are women, who are constantly working to develop initiatives aimed at implementing sound agricultural practices, achieving prices that will allow them to cover production costs, and earning the necessary income to make their land plots sustainable.
The APROLMA Association of Independent Producers of Marcala (Asociación de Productoras Libres de Marcala) is a case in point. Recently, two of its representatives, Gladix Hernández, serving as president, and Dilcia Vásquez, serving as treasurer, had the opportunity to visit the GEPA company in Germany, with the objective of bringing visibility to their organization, as well as the Marcala Designation of Origin and the Honduran Network of Small Producers (Coordinadora Hondureña de Pequeños Productores—CHPP). During their visit, they were able to make presentations in stores and schools, and dialogue directly with buyers, addressing topics of concern to their organization, such as: prices, competition and market trends, the latter of which is very important for making decisions in the organization and better focusing its actions.
“It was a very good experience that allowed us to bring visibility to all the work carried out as a producers’ organization, from coffee production to marketing, and also to increase awareness regarding the cost of producing coffee,” stated Gladix Hernández, the organization’s president.
It is interesting to note that the visit allowed APROLMA representatives to have a better perspective on the German market, as well as the needs of the country’s producers, and to also finalize more sales for the new harvest.
“APROLMA’s work is not focused solely on growing coffee, but also on empowering women in relation to their rights. Coffee production is perhaps the vehicle, and it provides the means,” commented Kleber Cruz.