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.Continue reading
The UTZ coffee program continues growing remarkably. In 2018 we saw a significant increase of certified coffee sales, and estimated production volumes expanded substantially. Check our infographic for the latest market insights and download the full report.
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.
Gender equality is vital to reach sustainable agricultural sector. As part of the Rainforest Alliance’s UTZ Sector Partnerships Program we brought together people from partner organizations – from grower association representatives to non-profit leaders – who learned five tools to identify gender gaps in coffee supply chains.
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.
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 90 women-led small coffee farms, as well as improved coffee production, resulting in higher profits.
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.