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.
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.
How one Indian coffee farmer group protects nature, empowers farmers and sets an example across a region
The Western Ghats Sustainable Farming Consortium is a coffee smallholder group in India dedicated to preserving the unique biodiversity of their region. We speak with Thribuvan Sathvik, member of the consortium, about how certification has improved their practices and how it’s empowering farmers to get more for their products.
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.
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.
The UTZ certification relies on a system of checks and audits to ensure the requirements of the standard are being followed. While many know about the third-party audits that take place, there is also another part through we ensure the quality of the UTZ standard — the IMS. Find out what the IMS is and how it works.
Meet Patricia Quijandría Díaz, UTZ country rep for Peru and Ecuador. We caught up with Patricia to chat coffee, cocoa and gender equality.
Training is the key to improvement The latest UTZ training for auditors in Asia will take place in India this week. It will focus on best practices for social audits and issues such as working and living conditions, among other topics. At UTZ we work with third-party certification bodies as part of our assurance system. […]
Good training is essential to achieving the UTZ goals but it can be hard to monitor training quality in the field. We spoke with Felix Kodija to hear about a new approach tackling this challenge in Côte d’Ivoire.
More than a million farmers follow training to meet UTZ certification standards. We cannot train them all ourselves. That is why we use the train-the-trainer approach. This is how it works in practice.