Climate Week New York City 2017 kicked off on September 18, but for the Rainforest Alliance, based in New York, and UTZ, based in Amsterdam, every week is climate week and every day is dedicated to driving a more sustainable world. In June the two organizations announced their intention to merge later this year Justin Leavenworth, Global Markets Director for UTZ, shares his thoughts on the objectives and opportunities the merger can bring.
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 Rainforest Alliance’s latest video showcases our efforts to train Sri Lankan smallholder tea farmers in innovative weed-control methods, which is an important aspect of sustainable agriculture.
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.