Tag: sector change

Voices from the Field

Leveling the field for women in coffee

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.

A living wage for all

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.

Stakeholders in coffee producing countries will benefit from GCP and Rainforest Alliance’s new long-term agreement

The Global Coffee Platform and the Rainforest Alliance have signed today [Nov.8, 2018] a partnership agreement for the next five years to support ‘National Platforms’ in coffee producing countries, as well as to identify opportunities at country level and tackle local priorities. The announcement was made during the Global Coffee Sustainability Conference 2018 taking place […]

Your Questions Answered

How can National Coffee Platforms help make the global coffee sector more sustainable?

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.

National Coffee Platform Launches in Honduras

The Global Coffee Platform, Solidaridad and the Rainforest Alliance, gather to launch the Sustainable Coffee Platform in Honduras. The goal is to offer a collaborative space for the coffee sector to discuss the main challenges in the country. The platform gathers over 30 members from both the private and public sector.

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Why is gender equality vital for sustainable farming?

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.

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How does the UTZ program address gender issues?

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.

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 […]

4 years in, an update on the UTZ hazelnut program

It’s been four years since we launched our hazelnut program. We check in for an update on the challenges of the sector, what we’ve done so far and how that informs our focus for the future.

 
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