The Rainforest Alliance is committed to driving positive impacts in the cocoa sector in West Africa and other cocoa growing regions around the world. Over recent years, the UTZ and the Rainforest Alliance cocoa programs have expanded significantly and with that expansion comes greater responsibility. In May 2018 following the merger with UTZ, the Rainforest […]Continue reading
We recently announced the Ag-Tech Developer Challenge, a competition for remote data sensing engineers and developers to find new ways to use technology to help farmers on the ground. Learn about the benefits of remote data sensing technology and how it can help innovate agriculture.
We have launched the first round of public consultation for the new Rainforest Alliance certification standard. An esstial step to creating a stronger approach to certification. Your feedback is of key importance for us, so please join us by taking part in our consultation.
While we continue to work hard on a new and improved certification program, we are beginning the transition process for companies. The first step is mutual recognition of the current Chain of Custody certification, which will simplify processes until the new certification is launched. This is how it can benefit companies.
We believe sustainable agriculture means workers are paid a living wage. That’s why we require that farms make progress towards paying a living wage to their workers. But it’s not an easy fix. We must work with companies, farmers, governments and NGOs to take the necessary steps towards achieving this. This is what you can do.
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 90 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.
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.
It’s been four years since we launched our hazelnut program. We check in for an update on the challenges of the sector, what we’ve done so far and how that informs our focus for the future.