Twin has been shortlisted in the International aid and development category of the Charity Awards for our project , Coffee and collaboration: a success story from Peru.

The project was run with Marks & Spencer, Matthew Algie, Taylors of Harrogate and two coffee cooperatives in Peru: Pangoa and San Juan del Oro. It was the first time we have worked in collaboration with representatives from every stage of the supply chain on one project.

The project aimed to increase the resilience of coffee farming in Peru – an important origin for M&S, Matthew Algie and Taylors of Harrogate. The project tackled the overlapping issues of climate change, gender justice and youth engagement.

Over three years, 1,856 people were trained in sustainable agricultural practices which helped increase yields by 56%. In addition, the number of women in leadership positions at the two cooperatives increased from three to 31 and youth membership went from 8% to 20%.

The awards programme is run by Civil Society Media and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the event. There are ten categories in the awards and an overall winner is chosen in each category.

Womankind Worldwide and World Child Cancer UK are also shortlisted in the international aid and development category. Both of whom have impressive results – we are honoured to be shortlisted alongside such outstanding work.

Judges on the panel include Danielle Walker Palmour, the Director of the Friends Provident Foundation, Sir John Low – the Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation and Ruth Davison, the Executive Director of Impact and Investment at Comic Relief.

Awards judge Jehangir Malik praised the “very strong gender component” and was impressed with the way the two co-operatives worked together in what is usually a highly competitive environment.

Find out more about the project in this video: