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(International Coffee Woman Alliance ).
Of the world's estimated 1 billion poor, 70% are women. Women own less than 1% of the world's titled land. The World Bank estimates that more than 500 MILLION PEOPLE throughout the world are dependent on coffee FOR THEIR LIVELIHOODS, and of that number, 25 million are coffee farmers. Unfortunately, coffee farmers typically live and work in substandard conditions, which are compounded by the fact that they receive only a small percentage of the actual price for which the coffee is sold to the consumer. Women, who represent a good majority of coffee farmers, face additional challenges.

Aside from the day-to-day struggles women coffee farmers face in order to maintain a respectable standard of living, they also struggle with THE GENDER INEQUALITY prevalent throughout the world's coffee growing regions.
Frequently suffering from abuse, neglect and poverty, women are unable to gain economic, social or political power in their family's coffee business, or in their communities.

The International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) is been established in Ethiopia and strives to create a difference in the world of coffee regarding woman . to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” — Diane MariechildGallery


Every four to five years, the International Coffee Organization holds a high-level World Coffee Conference to enable discussion around critical topics for the global coffee sector. The first four Conferences have taken place in England (2001), Brazil (2005), Guatemala (2010), and Ethiopia (2016).

The coffee community from Africa and around the world gathered in the Ethiopian capital for two days of engaging debate at the 4th World Coffee Conference, hosted by the Government of Ethiopia.
The 77 Member Countries of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) and over 900 attendees, including coffee growers and representatives from government, the private sector, and international agencies participated in a range of discussions related to the theme of the Conference, ‘Nurturing coffee culture and diversity'.

The conference was held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. As part of coffee exporters ZEBAD general import &Export PLC. was part of the meeting.This meeting covered lots of issues like quality,price,climate changes and more agendas as part of the meeting its been raised the issue about how to support and increase the profit for the farmers. and as part of the agenda woman's cover 75% of the coffee plantation process but their benefit is insignificant as a president of ICWA (International Coffee Woman Alliance ) we are working for empowering woman and make sure that woman's are equally benefited as there work from the other parties.

Every four to five years, ICO holds a high-level World Coffee Conference. The conference is a premiere industry event, bringing together stakeholders from across producing and consuming countries and attracting attendees from government, industry, academia and civil part of the conference ZEBAD Export & Import PLC.

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Ethiopian Coffee Sector: An Interview with Emebet Tafesse of Zebad General Export and Import by MarcoPolis Country Reports