Sustainable Coffee Challenge Welcomes Four More Partners
September 18, 2017
Pur Projet, Boncafé, Center for Coffee Research & Education and The Coffee Source Join Industry-wide Effort to Make Coffee the First Sustainably Grown Commodity in the World
ARLINGTON, Va. (Sept. 18, 2017) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today announced that four new partners — PUR Projet, Boncafé, Center for Coffee Research & Education and The Coffee Source — have joined its mission to make coffee the world’s first sustainably grown commodity despite climate variability, aging farmers and trees and volatile markets. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge has 77 partners, including corporations, governments, NGOs and research organizations.
“Having these dynamic organizations on board presents an even greater opportunity to tap our collective ingenuity and resources to continue meeting the world’s increasing demand for coffee,” said Bambi Semroc, Senior Strategic Advisor at Conservation International. “Together we must increase coffee production on existing farms while conserving forests and water resources and ensuring farmers have the necessary resources.”
“With PUR Projet, we are specialized in developing agroforestry projects within supply chains landscapes of which coffee resides,” said Tristan Lecomte, Co-founder and President, PUR Projet. “We are very inspired by the ambitions of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge and thrilled to be sharing our knowledge, methodologies and projects to help bring about a more sustainable future.”
“After water, coffee is the most consumed drink worldwide. With climate change affecting growing conditions, market volatility endangering the prosperity and wellbeing of this commodity business, Boncafé endeavors to be part of this meaningful move to make coffee the first sustainable agricultural product by pledging ourselves with Conservation International’s Sustainable Coffee Challenge,” said Tammy Chua, Marketing Manager, Boncafé.
“Research has demonstrated that the future of Arabica coffee is threatened. Low genetic variability, climate change, pressure from pests and diseases, and lack of access to resources and education for small scale producers are massive threats that cannot be eliminated by a single country, farm, or company,” said Dr. Leonardo Lombardini, Director, Center for Coffee Research and Education. “We are all in this together, to each do our part to save the future of coffee.”
“The Coffee Source was born from coffee growers and shaped by a longstanding commitment to a sustainable supply chain,” said Arnoldo Leiva, Chief Executive Officer, The Coffee Source. “That is why we are excited to join the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, and work together with roasters and producers to develop diverse and meaningful initiatives that have a positive impact on productivity, quality and sustainability of the coffee business and its people.”
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge recently announced four actions its partners will take collectively to achieve sustainability in coffee growth: coffee farm renovation and rehabilitation, improved labor practices and labor supply, scaling up sustainable coffee sourcing and mapping and monitoring of coffee and forests
To join as a partner, contact Valerie Beard, Coordinator, Sustainable Coffee Challenge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Sustainable Coffee Challenge
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge convenes, unites and urges the coffee sector and conservation partners across the industry to spur the actions and investments necessary to make coffee the first sustainable agriculture product in the world. The Challenge is committed to stimulating demand for sustainable coffee across the value chain, from the policymaking level to the final consumer. By encouraging demand for sustainable coffee, it leads to investments that enable the transition to a sustainable production and ensuring the coffee we drink is a sustainable product.
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.