IWCA’s interactive event in Colombia brought women leaders in the industry for panel discussion

IWCA’s interactive event in Colombia brought women leaders in the industry for panel discussion

September 25 - 2022

Coffee Geography Magazine

The inaugural for IWCA Encounter Colombia event brought together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss gender equity, sustainability, and the rich culture of the Colombian coffee industry. More than 420 women producers representing the diverse growing regions of the country participated and provided updates on activities and programs made possible by strategic relationships with local governments and professional organizations.


The interactive event centered coffee cupping sessions where opportunities for producers and buyers connect in-person, panel discussions with government and industry leaders addressing critical industry challenges and farm tours where attendees tasted locally produced coffees and learned more about the programs that provide support for women producers.


IWCA Encounter provided unique opportunities to engage with diverse groups of coffee professionals and gain a deeper understanding of the country’s commitment to women working in the coffee supply chain. Along with representatives from IWCA Honduras, Guatemala, Portugal, and Venezuela, the event featured remarks from current SCA Board President, Juan Luis Barrios, Roberto Vélez, General Manager of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia, First Lady of the Department of Quindío, Ana Maria Donneys, and IWCA Colombia Chapter President, Lina Maria Granados.

On a separate note, IWCA Australia is inviting the coffee community to an inclusive space @ AXIL COFFEE ROASTERS ~ Melbourne Central to share community and learn from individual experiences faced by women and marginalized folks in the industry.

IWCA Australia is facilitating a panel designed to discuss barriers women and marginalized folks face and find solutions, women can apply to create a fair and equitable industry. The panelists are women who are leaders and power players in the community. Join them to hear their powerful stories, drink delicious coffees and don't miss your chance to WIN some sweet PRIZES!!! Click here for more detail.