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.
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Gender equality between men and women is a key component of sustainable farming. Not only is it a human right, it is an effective strategy for economic growth and poverty reduction. Julius Ng’ang’a, country rep. for Kenya explains the current challenges and why it’s so important to work in partnership to reach gender equality.
There are at least 560 million female farmers and farm workers in the world, comprising, on average, 43% percent of the agricultural labor force. But they face a multitude of challenges. UTZ gender expert Joky François explains why gender equality is vital for sustainable agriculture, and what the UTZ progarm is doing about it.
Leonie Haakshorst, Program Manager hazelnut: “Changing the hazelnut sector starts with understanding the challenges.”
UTZ’s hazelnut program launched in 2014 and has more than tripled in size since then. Understanding the program starts with understanding the sustainability concerns facing the sector. As we enter our fifth harvest, Leonie Haakshorst, manager of the UTZ hazelnut program, discusses with us the industry’s main challenges.
Daria Koreniushkina is back from her field trip to Turkey. After four days of visiting hazelnut processing facilities, farms and speaking with UTZ partners throughout the region, she shares the key takeaways from her time in the field.
What is it like to be a member of the UTZ hazelnut program in Turkey? Does it change a way of thinking and what does it bring to farmers and workers? We take a walk in the shoes of exporter Şenocak and the farmers Hamza Furtun and Sabahattin Ilgun to find out.
Life on many coffee farms is tough. The work is physical and demanding, but wages can be very low. Certification helps making a difference to coffee workers through better living and working conditions.
Making the hazelnut sector more sustainable is a step-by-step journey. We talked with Leonie Haakshorst, UTZ hazelnut Program Manager, about how UTZ tackles the social issues in the sector.
Kimberly Easson, Coffee Quality Institute’s Partnership for Gender Equity: “Gender equity is good for people and good for business”
If women farmers had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase their yields by 20-30%. That’s why UTZ and Coffee Quality Institute’s Partnership for Gender Equity are motivating change in the Nicaraguan coffee industry.
The Better Life component of UTZ is all about improving the lives of workers and farmers around the world. We talk to Beth Hearn, communication specialist at UTZ, to learn more about the human side of certification and what UTZ is doing to make a difference.