Nairobi — A Non-Governmental Organization ( NGO) has partnered with some cooperative societies affiliated to Gusii Coffee farmers Cooperative Union ( GCFCU) to boost coffee production and farmers earnings.
Rainforest Alliance Regional Director,- Kenya/ Tanzania, Marion Nduta said the NGO has launched Gusii Regenerative Agriculture landscape ( GURAL) coffee project to aid certifying the coffee to meet the global standard.
She said the Alliance is building partnerships to protect and restore forest, biodiversity, improve livelihoods, promote human rights, gender equity and social inclusivity.
The Director noted high demand for coffee and tea in the global market has contributed to 75 percent of deforestation, fueled the climate change crisis, noting, over 80 percent of people in rural areas live in extreme poverty.
6 percent of companies noted the Director are driven by business interest and disregard sustainability, noting, they have no back up on agro-biodiversity and data.
The Union’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Robert Mainya said the European Union member countries have passed laws not to allow uncertified coffee from Kenya, stressing, the Alliance’s intervention was timely.