Providing Opportunities for Youth and Women Through Coffee in Eastern Guatemala

TechnoServe together with the Trade Facilitation Office of Canada and Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons is implementing a four-year initiative to train 1,000 farmers in agronomic and sustainability practices in eastern Guatemala. Launched in 2015, the project aims to pilot innovative approaches to improve gender equality in the coffee business and in family decision-making. It is expected that 50 percent of coffee families will adopt actions to promote a greater sharing of responsibilities between men and women. As a complement, TechnoServe will train youth in coffee growing communities to improve their economic opportunities in three areas: farming as a business; creating one's own business; and accessing the formal job market.