Celebrating World Food Day and T&CTJ ‘PSAs’

This week’s blog is more of a T&CTJ ‘public service announcement’ than a blog because I have a number news and events to discuss…

Tomorrow is the UN FAO’s annual World Food Day. Hundreds of events and outreach activities bring together governments, businesses, NGOs, the media, and general public across 150 countries. Through this event, the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations promotes worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all. This year’s event is a hybrid one as many speakers will be in Italy and many others will be presenting virtually from all over the world.

As part of the event, the FAO is hosting a special session, “A Dialogue on Tea & Coffee,” to highlight the global importance of the tea and coffee industries, from both a producing and consuming perspective. I will be a panelist alongside impressive presenters such as Andrea Illy, chairman, illycaffè; Jose Sette, executive director, International Coffee Organization; Prabhat Bezboruah, chairman, Tea Board of India and vice chair of the next Intergovernmental Group (IGG) on Tea; Shabnam Weber, president, Tea and Herbal Association of Canada; and Tom Sandage, deputy editor, The Economist. For more information or to register for the various events taking place on World Food Day, visit: Webinar Registration – Zoom or Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – Webcast (fao.org).

As I mentioned earlier this year, at 120 years old, T&CTJ is more active than ever! In addition to hosting our first virtual Tea & Coffee World Cup and introducing Tea & Coffee Marketplace this year, we are now excited to launch our Buyers Guide. The Buyer’s Guide is a monthly guide of services and goods within the tea and coffee trade (such as green coffee importer/exporters, tea importers/exporters, packaging/processing/roasting/brewing/blending equipment, technology, logistics, etc). The section will officially launch in January 2022 but we are offering a preview in the December issue. For more information, please contact Caroline Sines: [email protected].

And lastly, our fourth annual Supplier Profiles issue returns in December. Supplier Profiles allow companies to convey their full breadth and depth of equipment and services beyond a simple advertisement. For more information, contact Caroline Sines.

Whether you are able to tune into “A Dialogue on Tea & Coffee” session or not, I hope you are able to participate in World Food Day in some way! #WorldFoodDay #FoodHeroes

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