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What is the reach of the UTZ program?


Monitoring & Evaluation Data Officer

The UTZ program has an enormous reach. In fact, it is the world’s biggest certification program for cocoa and coffee. But just how big is it? What are the different ways it can be measured? Phan Ha looks at the 2018 data and explains.

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Julius Nganga
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Why is gender equality vital for sustainable farming?

Gender equality between men and women is a key component of sustainable farming. Not only is it a human right, it is an effective strategy for economic growth and poverty reduction. Julius Ng’ang’a, Regional Rep. explains the current challenges and why it’s so important to work in partnership to reach gender equality.

Joky Francois
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How does the UTZ program address gender issues?

There are at least 560 million female farmers and farm workers in the world, comprising, on average, 43% of the agricultural labor force. But they face a multitude of challenges. Global Lead Gender Joky François explains why gender equality is vital for sustainable agriculture, and what the UTZ program is doing about it.

Fabian Calvo Romero
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How does integrated pest management work in practice?

Pesticides can be harmful for farmers, consumers and the environment. That’s why on UTZ farms pesticides are only used as a last resort. Fabian Calvo Romero, Global Officer Resources, explains how integrated pest management works in practice with examples from around the world.

Daan de Vries
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How can digital technology improve supply chain sustainability?

How can digitization be best used by companies that want to tackle critical issues in their supply chains? Daan de Vries, Chief Innovation & Technology Officer talks about bringing technology and the power of data into sustainable supply chain management and the importance of joining forces to scale up digitization in the field.

Fabian Calvo Romero
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Are UTZ farmers allowed to use pesticides?

Pests and diseases are a constant threat for farmers, but pesticides can be very dangerous. Global Officer Resources, Fabián Calvo Romero, explains how the UTZ program ensures that crops, people, and the planet are all protected.

Henriette Walz
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How is the UTZ program working to tackle climate change?

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.

Henk van Rikxoort
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How does your organization use data for innovation?

New technology and big data are changing industries around the world, and they’re also changing the future of certification. We talked with Henk van Rikxoort about the first mile innovation program and the growing transparency on sustainability performance.

Paul Schep

What is the UTZ internal management system?

The UTZ certification relies on a system of checks and audits to ensure the requirements of the standard are being followed. While many know about the third-party audits that take place, there is also another part through we ensure the quality of the UTZ standard — the IMS. Find out what the IMS is and how it works.

 
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