For 150 years, Sri Lanka has consistently produced tea that is recognized the world over for its quality, unique character, and flavor profile. But with challenges such as altered weather patterns, workforce turnover, and market transformations, the strategies that yielded results yesterday may not work as well tomorrow
The East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) held its third African Tea Convention and Exhibition (ATCE) event in Nairobi in May. Among the 20 international speakers and hundreds of participants were the Rainforest Alliance’s Per Bogstad, Senior Manager, Markets Transformation UK, Ireland and India, and Joseph Cameron Booth, Coordinator, Markets Transformation.
While global demand for coffee is increasing, supply is endangered, as a warmer climate and heavy rains will reduce yields in coffee-producing communities. If we want to consume high-quality coffee in the future, we need to fundamentally change agriculture practices.
Research report finds farms producing Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa are implementing practices that contribute to a more sustainable cocoa sector, including safer and more judicious use of pesticides, the conservation of natural forests, and reduced child labor.