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.
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.
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.
Going the extra mile: how cooperative COAGRICSAL in Honduras is fighting child labor across the country
Beyond improving farming practices, farmer groups can also play an important role in fighting norms within their communities. COAGRICSAL, a coffee and cocoa coop in Honduras, is doing just that. We talk with sustainability manager, Roberto Lopez, to find out about the work they’re doing to stop child labor across the country.
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.
Agung Widi, from Kalimajari, a civil society organization working with cocoa farmers and Kerta Semaya Samaniya cocoa cooperative in Jembrana, Indonesia, explains how certification helped them become one of the top 50 cocoa producers in the world.
Ria Stout, Chief Regional Officer of the new Rainforest Alliance, wrote UTZ’s first certification standard. She has dedicated her life to both organizations, which are now joining forces to amplify and accelerate sustainability transformation around the world. She sheds her light on the exciting journey.
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.