The Sri Lankan Tea Industry
Arguably Sri Lanka’s most important industry, the tea sector accounts for 19 per cent of the nation’s foreign earnings and provides direct employment to over 310,000 people, the majority of them women. It is also strongly linked with the national identity; handpicked Ceylon tea is renowned for its high quality. Increasingly, however, the industry is at risk. Both international and internal challenges face the tea sector. Globally, exports compete with cheaper products from Kenya, India and other producers, where mechanised production is more common and production costs are lower. Read more about the tea industry in Sri Lanka and how we’re empowering workers in the tea sector.
Our Work: Food & Farming
The Rainforest Alliance works with the farmers on the front lines of the global movement to build food security through sustainable agriculture. We train farmers in some of the world’s most vulnerable landscapes to farm in a way that boost crop yields, conserves forests, protects streams and rivers, and nurtures soil health. Meet Sri Lanka’s evangelists for chemical-free tea farming. On behalf of the Rainforest Alliance, they are training tea estate workers and smallholder farmers in climate-smart agriculture methods that safeguard soil health and water quality and protect workers from dangerous chemical exposure. The end result: higher crop yields, cleaner water, and less pressure to expand cropland into the virgin rainforest nearby.
Help a Farmer Run a Beekeeping Business
Running a beekeeping business can be a sustainable and ongoing way of income generation for farmers and entire families. Having a stable source of income can help not only families, but also smaller communities to improve together, have access to nourishing food, a safe living environment and high quality education for the upcoming generations to break the poverty cycle.
The project is managed by : The Mango Tree Orphan Support Trust
Plant a Tree and Support Reforestation
Plant a tree at our reforestation site, and it will pay back two-fold. At our health care clinic, people can barter with diverse seedling species to cover their care. Your gift will not only plant and take care of the tree, it will cover the cost of providing care to those who care for the forest. In 2007, there were an estimated 1,350 logging families near Gunung Palung National Park – a rain forest in Borneo, home to one of the world’s last orangutan populations. Communities told us they needed two things to stop logging: affordable health care and training in sustainable farming. . And because rain forests are the lungs of the planet, absorbing greenhouse gases, our work also helps protect the climate we all depend on. The project is managed by : Health In Harmony