A new decade for women in coffee: Reconnecting with our roots and hearts

nicaragua-woman-2013-tourNicaragua: new dates to be announced

NOTE:  We are working with a network of coffee and development organizations to re-design the Nicaragua program as the foundation for a global dialogue series about challenges and opportunities for women small-scale coffee farmers. We are excited about this new opportunity and invite you to stay tuned for more details in early February. (updated January 23, 2014)

Program Overview

Three-day women’s conference and study tour, Nicaragua. Women are the heart of the global coffee industry.  Their passion and drive, not only for product quality, but also the sustainability of their environments and communities, are the secret to specialty coffee in Nicaragua and around the world. Join Java Ventures, Root Capital, and Flores del Café for a 3-day women’s conference and study tour into the heartland of coffee, and the welcoming homes and hearts of women in Northern Nicaragua. Experience coffee through the stories of these strong women; learn how they are working together to develop community-based solutions to the challenges they face, and building bridges for the future generation of coffee farmers.

Overview

This program offers a unique opportunity to understand women’s issues in a rural setting and develop a shared context from which to consider potential solutions to the challenges that exist. This trip is a reflection of our commitment to share and disseminate our knowledge and learning around the critical role women play in building rural prosperity, and to promote the exchange of experiences and ideas between our borrowers and our partners. The program is presented in three parts:

  • Conference: Reconnecting with our Roots and Hearts  – Two days of in-depth dialogue among women and panel presentations of local and international efforts, and an exploration of how can these be enhanced for greater impact.
  • One-day Study Tour to the Heart of the Nicaraguan Highlands – Explore the process of coffee through a woman’s eyes and experience.  Visit with small-scale women producers in their communities to understand the many facets of their work and life responsibilities.
  • Pre-Conference Cultural Intensive: A Coffee Woman’s Reality (Optional, full day event the day before the conference). Get an inside view on the daily life of a woman in coffee. Experience the different aspects of a women’s life and her daily routine in a rural community. Limited space, by special invitation.

Price: $995 (per person double occupancy) Price covers all lodging (5 nights), transportation, local guides and meals.  International airfare is not included.  Extra charge for single occupancy is $250. For more information and to save your spot, please contact Kimberly Easson at kimberly@javaventures.com or Download Itinerary – Nicaragua Conference Feb 2014.