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Update on coffee farms in Minas Gerais

Last updated: 27 September 2018 On 31 July 2018, our staff in Brazil were notified of an audit conducted by the Regional Superintendent of Labor and Employment for the state of Minas Gerais on working conditions on local farms. This investigation revealed slavery-like conditions on one UTZ certified coffee farm, Fazenda Fartura. We were first […]

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 […]

Integrated Pest Management e-course

We are proud to introduce our e-course on Introduction to Integrated Pest Management. The course, available in English in the UTZ Academy, has been set up for producers, technical assistants, service providers and anyone else interested in the Integrated Pest Management promoted by the UTZ and Rainforest Alliance standards. The course will soon also be […]

Ghanaian farmers to benefit through new SAT4Farming program

Ghana is the world’s second largest exporter of cocoa, but many of the country’s cocoa farmers are poor, trees are aging and highly vulnerable to pests and diseases, and productivity is low. However, many of these farmers can significantly increase their yields by applying good agricultural practices and basic investments in their farms, if they […]

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