Together with the Global Coffee Platform we want to make the coffee sector long term sustainable. We support the setup of various National Coffee Platforms. Rainforest Alliance’s Christine Hornikal explains how these platforms play an important role in our mission and talks about benefits in Indonesia, Uganda and Honduras.Continue reading
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Together with the Global Coffee Platform we want to make the coffee sector long term sustainable. We support the setup of various National Coffee Platforms. Rainforest Alliance’s Christine Hornikal explains how these platforms play an important role in our mission and talks about benefits in Indonesia, Uganda and Honduras.
As part of their commitment to sustainable coffee, Lidl, together with the UTZ program and CARE has launched ‘Project Guatemala’. The project aims at climate change resilience and gender inclusiveness in a coffee cooperative of 92 women-led small coffee farms, as well as improved coffee production, resulting in higher profits.
Five years after launching the UTZ hazelnut program, it’s now easier than ever for cocoa companies to secure a steady supply of certified hazelnuts for their products. We talk with Leonie Haakshorst, manager of the program, to get an update on where we’re at now, the strides we’ve made and where the program is headed.
The UN IPCC climate report makes it clearer than ever before: we are at a critical point for the future of the planet. RA’s climate director weighs in on how the natural climate solutions emphasized in the report—like those at the heart of our mission— are essential to limiting the global temperature rise below the 1.5 degrees.
More than just a delicious beverage – insights from Roberto Lopez, sustainability manager in Honduras
We talked with Roberto Lopez, sustainability manager at the COAGRICSAL cooperative in Honduras, about the challenges and rewards of his job supporting coffee and cocoa farmers across the region. He explains their motivations for certification, the role of companies in the supply chain, what’s in store for the future and more.
January 2018 marks an auspicious beginning for the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ, which have just formally merged into a new organization. Han de Groot, the CEO of the new Rainforest Alliance and the former executive director of UTZ, reflects on the shared vision that brought the two organizations together.
Research commissioned by UTZ reveals the difference climate change is likely to make to the tea sector in Malawi up to 2050. Forecasts show it will become harder to grow tea in all production areas.
Climate change is bad news for coffee, cocoa and tea production with the potential to reduce yields and quality and push up prices. Climate change expert Henriette Walz explains how the UTZ program is tackling climate change at the farm level and beyond.
We take a look at the concrete benefits of sourcing sustainable coffee with Henriette Walz, Global Lead Deforestation. Plus, we hear from some of the farmers in the field about the benefits they’ve seen.
It’s a good question. What actually makes certified cocoa the better choice? Henriette Walz, Global Lead Deforestation, explains how you concretely support the environment by sourcing certified cocoa.
To make sustainable farming the norm, we need to strengthen partnerships within producing communities, throughout supply chains and across sectors. To find out how the UTZ program is working on this we sat down with Mariecke van der Glas, who is responsible for the Rainforest Alliance Sector Partnerships Program.
We joined Bruno, certification manager at ACOPAGRO cocoa cooperative in Peru, to hear his thoughts on the benefits of cooperative working. Plus, he explains what a ‘choba choba’ system is, and how it works for his farmers.
You might have it every morning for breakfast or in the afternoon with biscuits, but what do you really know about it? We go over all you need to know about tea — what it is, where its grown, how its produced and the challenges facing the industry.
Peruvian coffee farmers are facing new challenges such as climate change. How can they make sure they’re ready for the future? Here they share their secret of good coffee: focus on quality. “Certification means more money to do the extra activities that improve quality and make the cooperative more sustainable for the future.”
Willie Nel owns a large rooibos plantation in Western Cape, South Africa, while father and son team Niklaas and Andries Slinger own a smaller plantation. Both are UTZ certified, but do they face the same benefits and challenges? We fired some quick questions at them to find out.
Marcel Vernooij from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discusses the merits of our strategic partnership with the Dutch government, aimed at achieving sustainable cocoa, tea and coffee sectors, by tackling the most critical issues for farmers that go beyond farm level. After visting Côte d’Ivoire he shares his blog
Sustainable Development Goals are more than just a trend. They are a framework developed by the UN that can benefit your business and our world at large. Find out how they may strengthen your CSR strategy and how you may even already be contributing to them.
For 3 years, UTZ has been running the Coffee Climate Care project in Vietnam, aimed at empowering coffee farmers to adapt to climate change while also mitigating the coffee sector’s contribution to the problem. Now the project has come to an end, we ask Henriette Walz, our Climate Change expert about the outcome and next steps.
UTZ’s mission is to make sustainable farming the norm. Are we on the way to reaching that goal? Is certification enough or do we need to do more to make it a reality? Our Chief Executive Officer, Han de Groot, tells us more.
Paul Zuiderbeek and Maya Sermeño from our Markets Transformation team travelled to Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to experience the UTZ cocoa program first hand. Despite working for the UTZ program for years, the trip opened their eyes. Here they share their top 5 observations.
Aiming at training coffee farmers in Vietnam to be able to adapt to climate change effects but also mitigate their contribution to it, UTZ and the DE Foundation have been working on the Coffee Climate Care Project (C3) for the last 3 years. Meet some of the farmers and trainers working in the project.
Farming methods have to adjust to the new realities of climate change. The techniques of the 30 years ago simply no longer apply. Thiet Nguyen has 11 years of UTZ experience in Vietnam and helps coffee farmers with the implementation of the C3 project. Read about his experiences.
After visiting the Lam Dong region where rising temperatures and longer dry periods are big problems due to climate change, Henriette Walz – UTZ’ Climate Change and Environmental expert – moves North to Dak Lak. There, the situation is more critical. Temperatures are even higher. Lack of water in the dry season remains to be […]
Many consumers aren’t aware that by choosing UTZ coffee, cocoa and tea they’re helping farmers adapt to climate change. That’s because UTZ training and climate projects give farmers the knowledge and tools they need to cope with changing rainfall patterns and rising temperatures. Want to get the climate message out to customers? We have a […]
From Lam Dong to Dak Lak, meet some of the UTZ farmers tackling climate change. As part of the Coffee Climate Care project in Vietnam, these farmers attended field school, receiving training on climate change impacts in the region, causes of climate change, and adaptation practices. More specifically, the training sessions cover
To combat the rising temperatures and extreme weather patterns producers in Vietnam are facing due to climate change, UTZ has been running a 3 year project to help producers recognize and identify the risks they face and introduce measures that will enable them to adapt.
Recent research by the UK’s Carbon Trust shows that four out of five companies now believe that a changing climate and resource scarcity are likely to impact their bottom line. In fact, over half those surveyed felt that they would have to fundamentally change their products, services and business models to become environmentally sustainable. Recognising […]
Plamil Foods UK puts the quality and purity of ingredients at the heart of its business. It is known for its dairy free, vegan and sugar free chocolate products which it manufactures on site and sells to consumers and wholesale customers. Its factory is powered by 100% renewable energy and it has been offering customers […]
They say that seeing is believing, but most of us will never get to see for ourselves the difference we can make by choosing sustainable coffee, cocoa or tea. Press coverage can be the next best thing, giving farmers a voice and bringing their stories to life for people around the world. That’s why we […]