The Rainforest Alliance’s latest video showcases efforts to train Sri Lankan smallholder tea farmers in innovative weed-control methods, which is an important aspect of sustainable agriculture. Over the past 150 years, Sri Lanka’s tea growers have set high standards with its world-renowned Ceylon Tea. Despite the forests surrounding the estates being crucial in giving the tea its unique character and flavor only 28 percent of Sri Lanka’s original forest covers remain.
Since agricultural conditions—from weather patterns to market transformations—are in a constant flux, strategies that worked well earlier may not yield the same results today. Consequently, the need to work closely and consistently with farmers on sustainable agricultural practices is felt key to conserving the landscapes that support Ceylon tea’s uniqueness. Comprehensive training programs have proven to benefit producers, delivering positive environmental, social, and economic impacts. Read More