Does your cup of tea helps fight against hunger and poverty?

#InternationalTeaDay #CeylonTea

The Day will promote and foster collective actions to implement activities in favour of the sustainable production and consumption of tea and raise awareness of its importance in fighting hunger and poverty.

Photo: Visiting Tea Plantation; one of our top ranked day activities.

The world's most popular beverage, next to the water: tea will always be at the top list among other favourite drinks. But there’s one place in entire globe that nobody can ignore when it comes to the tea. When you visit Sri Lanka, one of the must see places for manufacture of tea is Uwa Halpe Tea plantation. It is in a beautiful location so not only can you learn all about the manufacturing process of tea making, but afterwards you can enjoy a cup whilst taking in the beautiful views.

Traveling for many years with tourists in my country, I have always taken visitors to see the tea process when we are passing central highlands of Sri Lanka where the world's finest tea is produced. Whist talking with visitors to the island, even among the British people, there were very few who knew that some of their favourite world class tea brands were originating from Sri Lanka, such as Lipton & Dilmah Tea. Those established and favourite brands are used widely using across the world and yet I'm surprised by how many didn’t know where they came from!

"About the world's First International Tea Day - 21st May."

On the day of 21st of May 2020 at 14:00 hours (rome time) United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization gathered online on webcast to celebrate the very first "International Tea Day" along with an interactive dialogue with Permanent Representatives from major tea-consuming and producing countries, focused on tea culture, tea’s role in poverty eradication, as well as sustainable production and consumption of tea in response to COVID-19.  It featured the participation of Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of General Assembly.

The first International Tea Day - 21st May, 2020 "was officially celebrated virtually." - FAO Director-General,QU Dongyu.

It brought together the world’s countries where tea cultivation is an important source of jobs and incomes. During the ceremony, speakers selected a variety of tea and talked about its properties while linking it to a typical cultural experience in the region. The observance also highlighted four of the tea sites recognized as part of world´s agricultural heritage and linked to the FAO´s Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) programme.

A cup of tea is the most loved drink because it is so versatile. You can enjoy one at any time throughout the day: morning, afternoon or evening. And it is perfect for all occasions: everything from a catch up with your friends to when you are feeling under the weather.

This is the brief story of Ceylon tea... enjoy and share for those who aren't aware about where it is the best tea comes from love a cup of tea. ☕️

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