Empower women farmers - Original Beans

by Philipp Kauffmann

Empower women (farmers)

The UN reported that if women farmers were given the same access to resources that male farmers have, they could reduce malnutrition 12-17% globally.

Boosting the yields of women farmers helps keep forests standing, as farmers are less inclined to expand their crops into nearby forests when their existing land is productive. This solution could reduce emissions by 2 gigatons of carbon dioxide by 2050. This highlights the deep connections between forests and food systems – integrating the two through agroforestry and ecological farming practices has been at the heart of a number of successful regenerative movements led by rural women.

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Women against War

Centuries of exploitation and war have made Eastern Congo one of the world’s harshest places to live as a woman. Saddled with agricultural work, firewood gathering, water hauling, and childcare, women have seen an increase in their burdens as the economy has deteriorated. Girls are always the first ones to drop out of school. Violence against women has become a normal aspect of day-to-day reality.

Amidst the turmoil and with the on-the-ground support of Original Beans’ Bean Team at Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park, hundreds of women have taken local leadership to become craft cacao growers, regenerate forests, and heal their war-torn communities. The Bean Team (incorporated as an NGO called IDAD) is providing vital education on agriculture, artisanal enterprise, leadership and hygiene, and the necessary materials from beehives to sowing machines.

Femmes de Virunga 55%

Essence of roasted nuts and cappuccino inspire and empower as the Femmes de Virunga takes hold of you. The strong taste of a rare Amelonado cacao honours the strength of women farmers lifting up lives in Virunga Park.

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