In 2019, the Cocoa Assurance Plan was implemented. While this contributed to a lower number of UTZ farmers, and estimated certified volumes and area, we have also seen promising improvements in the assurance of our program and a steady demand of UTZ certified cocoa. Check our infographic and report for the latest market insightsContinue reading
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 2019 data and explains.
The Rainforest Alliance is aware of an investigative report published on October 23, 2019 in the Washington Post, which highlights challenges in cocoa farming in Côte d’Ivoire, one of the most important cocoa-producing countries in the world. The Rainforest Alliance became aware of these challenges after our regular monitoring activities identified non-compliances with our certification […]
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 […]
We launched the first international 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.