Twin engages with gender on four levels:
1) Household / community: Twin works with the GALS methodology to create spaces for reflection, analysis and commitment to action towards greater gender equity, in relation to asset ownership, decision-making, control over income and the distribution of work. Twin also offers training on community savings and credit and microfinance schemes, which further the progress achieved through GALS and support women's income generating activities.
2) Producer organisation: Twin supports POs to hold conversations at all levels about gender equity, to identify priorities and develop strategies for change. These objectives and strategies are summarised in Gender Policies which are working documents that serve as a reference point in developing their strategic and operational plans. Twin works with POs to increase women’s participation as members and leaders. It helps to train key staff such as gender coordinators and encourages the recruitment of female staff into management and non-traditional roles.
Twin recognises that gender is a cross-cutting theme as well as a stand-alone area of focus:
Gender and sustainable agriculture: Increasingly, Twin has been working with the concept of resilience incorporating elements of sustainable agriculture, climate change adaptation, gender equity and youth engagement. More widely, it works with POs to increase the number of women lead farmers and field officers, and to integrate GALS tools into Good Agricultural Practices training.
Gender and governance: Aside of governance training for elected women and men leaders, Twin delivers tailored leadership training to women’s groups and to women with leadership potential, to encourage them to put themselves forward for board roles.
3) Market: Twin markets coffee grown by women, a differentiated product fully traceable to women farmers, which supports gender initiatives. In the case of Bukonzo Joint Cooperative Union in Uganda, Twin helps to market ‘household’ coffee which has been produced by families working with the GALS approach.
4) Advocacy: on the international stage, Twin advocates for women's rights and works with the food and drinks industry to highlight the vital role played by women in agriculture. This is through publishing reports, participating in international events and working actively with collaborators through partnerships and networks.
Twin's approach to gender justice: