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The Sustainability Progress Framework: Focusing on what we can change

BONN, Germany – “We should be careful to start by concentrating on what we can change, don’t ask for information you don't need to improve the plight of farmers.” This was advice from one of the global experts at the Sustainable Food Lab Performance Measurement Practitioners Workshop, which is particularly relevant for GCP ...

How Colombian coffee growers are adapting to a changing climate

MEDELLÍN, Colombia – Although petroleum is easily Colombia's biggest export, the one more associated with Colombia is coffee. Coffee is both a point of pride and a significant economic driver for Colombia. Coffee cultivation employs approximately 570,000 families, providing 800,000 direct jobs and another 1.6 million indirect jobs ...

Cocoa industry announces cooperative initiative to end deforestation

LONDON, UK – Twelve of the world's leading cocoa and chocolate companies agreed to a statement of collective intent committing them to work together, in partnership with others, to end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, with an initial focus on Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana.

Gorilla Conservation Coffee: Saving gorillas in Uganda … one sip at a time

KAMPALA, Uganda – Gorilla Conservation Coffee Saving gorillas - one sip at a time Gorilla Conservation Coffee was founded on the belief that conservation will succeed when communities are involved. We strive to provide alternative income streams and markets for the local farmers through training them to improve coffee production ...

El Niño WATCH: six of eight models suggest El Niño by July, says BOM

MELBOURNE, Australia – The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is neutral. However, model outlooks and recent warming in the Pacific Ocean mean there is an increased chance of El Niño forming later this year. The ENSO Outlook of the Bureau of Meteorology of the Australian Government (BOM) is currently at ...

Uganda needs a caffeine fix: insights from Vietnam’s coffee sector

KAMPALA, Uganda – Until recently Vietnam and Uganda shared a similar trajectory in the development of their coffee sectors. Today, Vietnam has emerged as the second largest coffee producer in the world. In Uganda, poor agricultural inputs and a failing institutional environment have resulted in low yields and slower development of the sector.

Representatives of the FNC visit Global Seed Vault on Svalbard Islands

BOGOTA, Colombia – As a result of its contributions to the global coffee industry, the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) was invited to visit the Global Seed Vault. Located in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, 980 km from the North Pole, the vault seeks to guarantee the conservation and availability of a wide variety ...

IdealCup coffee couple want to make Motueka a disposable cup-free zone

MOTUEKA, New Zealand – Steph Fry is starting a revolution against "revolting" disposable coffee cups. The Motueka businesswoman is determined to make the town, west of ...

Reviving cocoa farms in Puerto Rico, after centuries of destruction

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The dream of reviving Puerto Rico's chocolate tradition took root in Juan Carlos Vizcarrondo's mind years ago. He's always been obsessed with flowers and trees. As a boy, he planted so much greenery in his mother's backyard, there was hardly room to walk.

Likelihood of El Niño increases says Australian Bureau of Meteorology

MELBOURNE, Australia – The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) remains neutral. However, recent changes in both the tropical Pacific Ocean and atmosphere, and climate model outlooks surveyed by the Bureau, suggest the likelihood of El Niño forming in 2017 has risen.