Nicaragua – Women Producers – Aldea Global – Tierra Madre


Washed
B20374

Nicaragua – Women Producers – Aldea Global – Tierra Madre B20374


Specs:

Source:

Nicaragua

Region:

Jinotega

Farm:

Tierra Madre

Variety:

Bourbon, Catimor, Caturra, Typica

Altitude:

1050-1450 MASL

Processing:

Washed

Program:

Women Coffee Producers

Notes:

"Mellow cocoa and pecan flavors with acidity and sweetness."

Score:

81 points

Price/Bag:

$4.61 per lb

$203.00 per bag

28 in stock

Quantity:


Background:

Women Coffee Producers

To recognize and promote the work women do growing and producing coffee around the world, the Women Coffee Producers project was established to highlight organizations and associations of women producers in various countries. The program aims to address the widespread wage inequity that women experience by adding a gender-equity premium on top of a base price; this premium is paid directly to the growers for use in any manner they choose.

Tierra Madre

Tierra Madre is produced exclusively by 125 women coffee producers in Jinotega, who receive a premium based on coffee that meets a high-quality standard. Aldea Global promotes the sale of Coffee produced by Associated women under the Tierra Madre label. This coffee is a blend from multiple women-owned farms. Cherries are picked when fully ripe, depulped, fermented overnight, washed, and then placed on raised beds and patios to dry.

Aldea Global provides its small farmer members with technical assistance, micro-crediting, and marketing services. In 2013, Aldea Global had 1,200 members, but by focusing on the aforementioned areas, its membership has rapidly expanded to more than 13,000 members, of which 34% are women. As of 2020, Aldea Global works in more than 700 rural communities. A general assembly of small farmer delegates elects a board of directors: president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and three directors. In addition, Aldea Global has an oversight and strategic credit committee.
Aldea Global educates producers on agroecological practices such as in-row tillage, diversified cropping, soil and water conservation. They also prioritize marketing to help producers move up the value chain. Aldea Global increased its small farmer members' combined coffee sales from USD 6 million to USD 17 million from 2013 to 2020 through their programs: Organic, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Direct Trade, and Tierra Madre (women-produced coffee). From 2013 to 2022, specialty coffee exports to the U.S. and Europe grew from 68 containers to 452 containers. This progress is a testament to what a strong, producer-led organization can do to strengthen coffee-growing communities.
Aldea Global's specialty producer division is made up of 4,863 smallholders. 998 of those are women. The average farm size is 5 hectares.