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Utamagro Coffee Cooperative Holds a Pilot Training on Women’s Leadership

April 30, 2019 - May 1, 2019

- Takengon, Aceh Tengah

A pilot training on women’s leadership in coffee cooperatives was conducted at the Utamagro Cooperative in Takengon, Aceh on April 30 and May 1, 2019. Technical guidance was provided to this team by TPSA’s gender advisor, Dati Fatimah, and Fairtrade-NAPP’s Programme Officer, Intan Wahyoe Savitri. Fifteen women members and one staff from Utamagro participated in the training. The training is part of a collaboration that TPSA entered into with the Fairtrade Network of Asia & Pacific Producers (Fairtrade-NAPP) to improve the governance knowledge and practices of Fairtrade-certified coffee cooperatives in Aceh to become more gender-inclusive and, hence, more democratic.

As a follow-up to the earlier training-of-trainers (ToT) on women’s leadership, ToT alumni then organized pilot trainings for their respective cooperative members. Since there was only one ToT alumna from Utamagro to facilitate the training, Kokowagayo cooperative offered to send two of their ToT alumni to help facilitate. This is evidence of the enhanced linkages made among women-led cooperatives due to the TPSA-sponsored trainings.