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Sociopolitical crisis in Nicaragua affects people and the Rainforest Alliance’s work

We are very concerned about the increasing sociopolitical crisis ongoing in Nicaragua already for nearly five months and how it impacts our staff, members and partners there. We have taken safety measures to protect our staff, such as limited travel. Within UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certification programs, there may be delays of recertification audits since the […]

A better and improved certification standard starts with having the right people

When two NGOs, with two different sustainability standards decide to merge, the best they can do is combine their strengths and expertise to create a new organization with a greater impact. That means, redefining the standards and getting the best possible people to support that process. In this spirit, the new Rainforest Alliance has gathered […]

Sector change starts with collaboration – Launch of the Kenya Coffee Platform.

700,000 small-scale farmers in Kenya earn a living from coffee production. The sector contributes to 1% to the national GDP and 8% of the total agricultural export earnings. But the challenges the sector faces are big: low productivity, high cost of production, weak farmer groups, climate change, systemic poverty, aging coffee trees and farmers, social […]

The UTZ hazelnut program is going global!

Launched in 2014, the UTZ Hazelnut program has been supporting farmers and companies in Turkey and Georgia on their efforts towards a more sustainable sector. Ever since, the program is driven by over 100 members and encloses some of the largest international buyers and producers. We are now ready for the next step and to […]

Digital and Satellite Technology Program Launches to Support Ghana’s Smallholder Cocoa Farmers

SAT4Farming, an initiative to reach thousands of small-scale cocoa producers with information and services to improve their productivity and sustainability, was announced today. It is designed to use digital technology and satellite imagery to create individual Farm Development Plans (FDPs) that guide farmers over a seven-year period. The digital FDPs provide a planning and monitoring […]

PAN UK study on use of pesticides in cocoa sector Ghana

On May 16th over 30 stakeholders met in Accra, Ghana, to discuss the findings of a new study by Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) on the use of pesticides in Ghana’s cocoa sector. The workshop we organized created a lively exchange of knowledge between farmers, the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), COCOBOD, NGO’s, […]

Strengthening our engagement in India’s challenging tea sector

On 31 May 2018, the University of Sheffield released their Global Business of Forced Labour study. We welcome this independent research which looked at tea production in two Indian regions: Kerala and Assam and at the cocoa industry in Ghana. All credible, methodologically sound independent investigations add great value to our work especially in the […]

Information for cocoa producers in Côte d’Ivoire

At the Rainforest Alliance we are committed to supporting farmers and producers who are proactively working to make positive change in their farming practices. In Côte d’Ivoire, non-certified cocoa, including cocoa coming from deforested areas, could be entering certified cocoa supply chains, according to sources. For this reason, we – the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ […]

Cocoa Barometer highlights poverty and unsustainable practices in the cocoa sector

A coalition of NGOs published a key report on the cocoa sector on April 19, 2018: the Cocoa Barometer. The Barometer is focused on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, the world’s largest cocoa exporters. The Rainforest Alliance and UTZ program welcome the report, which highlights that efforts to address poverty and unsustainable practices in the cocoa […]

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