The CAA Women Empowerment project started in December 2017, in collaboration with the UTZ Sector Partnership Programme. At first, 20% to 23% of our registered members were women, which was already very encouraging. In 2019, this leapt to 29%, thanks through various initiatives. We aim to empower female farmers by facilitating their access to the CAA.
We endorse female leadership within the CAA and have developed a capacity-building and coaching programme, adapted to the (training) needs of women who want to become leaders. Furthermore, we have reviewed our systems to boost women’s involvement in our decision-making processes, especially in the Council.
The following five long-term targets were defined for this project:
- Fair access to all of our services for current and potential CAA female farmers
- Improved land tenure security for CAA female farmers
- Improved participation of female farmers in our association
- Improved productivity, livelihood, and income for all our female members
- Improved leadership and decision-making power for our female members