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EditPhoto Description:A call to action to make coffee the first sustainable agricultural product in the world
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The Sustainable Coffee Challenge is a catalyst for making coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product.​​​​​​​​​​​​

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EditText Paragraph 1:JUNE 16, 2016 (9:15-10:30am) – European Development Days, Brussels (learn more)
JUNE 23 – 25, 2016 – SCAE World of Coffee, Dublin
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​The Sustainable Coffee Challenge aims to transform coffee production, moving both specialty and mainstream producers toward sustainability. It will convene industry, conservation and agricultural development partners to develop a common framework for sustainability in the coffee sector. Over the next 100 days, CI will formalize engagement with partners for the Challenge, while developing a plan to drive the industry toward total sustainability. The initial plan of action will be unveiled to coincide with the 4th World Coffee Conference next March in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.​​

We are a dynamic and diverse coalition from across the sector, united in the belief that it is possible to grow coffee while ensuring the prosperity and wellbeing of farmers and conserving forest, water and soil.

This is our “north star.” We measure all of our efforts against it.

Climate change is affecting growing conditions, market volatility has significantly lowered prices and aging coffee trees are declining in productivity. This is leaving the next generation of coffee farmers seeking economic alternatives for their livelihoods. These are complex issues that require a wide range of solutions. There are numerous pathways to sustainability and every individual, business and organization involved in coffee has a role to play. By sharing knowledge and experience, we can stimulate demand for sustainability across the sector and spur the actions and investments necessary to meet head on challenges facing coffee.

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge is dedicated to transparency, participation, collaboration and systemic integration of all existing efforts to advance sustainability in coffee. We are united by our sense of urgency and our commitment to ensuring the long term viability of coffee.

“We need a common definition of sustainability for the coffee sector,​” said Peter Seligmann, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International. “This will require commitments by roasters to support increased demand for sustainability. It will also require improved measurement of how far the sector has come in the sustainability journey — and just how far we have to go.”

CI is launching the Sustainable Coffee Challenge with the support of many industry partners.

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