Tag Archives: coffee

Leaf rust: Coffee calamity

LAST COFFEE season saw a massive outbreak of a devastating fungus that seemed to take everyone by surprise says Xavier Hamon, Climate and Environment Officer, Twin.                   The coffee leaf rust epidemic stretched from Mexico to Peru, infecting more than half of Central America’s coffee farms and costing…
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Footprint Forum at Fruit Towers: Report, Videos, Presentations

Full report, video and presentations now available for registered users:  Click here .  To register for FREE Click here   The Footprint Forum went to Fruit Towers on 23 November.  A report, the presentations and video featuring speakers and delegate insights into Agriculture Abroad - a positive contribution to a sustainable food system. (Anyone can see the…
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Forum Speaker Biog: Barbara Crowther

Barbara Crowther is the Director of Communications and Policy for the Fairtrade Foundation The Fairtrade Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with businesses, community groups and individuals to improve the trading position of producer organizations in the global south, and promote sustainable livelihoods.   The Fairtrade licences the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on…
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Water – Way to Go

Whitney Kakos, Impact & Sustainability Manager at Cafédirect tells Foodservice Footprint about a range of strategies devised to help smallholder farmers of coffee, tea and cocoa cope with changing rainfall patterns.   Smallholder coffee, tea and cocoa farmers represent one of the populations most vulnerable to climate change, and one key change is rainfall patterns.…
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Tea Time in Kenya

Andrew Kobia Ethuru, a Cafédirect grower director at the Michimikuru tea factory in Kenya, talks to Footprint about the realities of climate change in that country and its impact on tea planters. Whilst we in the UK might not feel the effects of climate shifts, growers in far-flung corners of the world such as Kenya…
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Beyond the Label: Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade; the same, just different..

With over 100 eco-labelling schemes in the EU alone, accusations of greenwash filling the columns and once simple eco-ethical claims becoming more complicated, the humble - yet enormously powerful - consumer can be forgiven for finding themselves in the health food aisle at the supermarket scratching their heads in a state of ethical angst. Emiliana…
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