When farmers grow better crops, they generate more income and create better opportunities for themselves and others, while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources.
This creates a virtuous circle that nurtures lives, livelihoods and the planet.
At UTZ, we work with both large and small-scale farmers to offer leadership, training and advice on good agricultural practices in order to increase productivity.
Good Agricultural Practices
When you’re a farmer, no matter what size farm you are running, even small changes can make a huge difference to your crops. Good agricultural practices such as better soil management and fertilization can have a big effect on both the quality and quantity of crops.
They also help protect the environment by making land more efficient, reducing deforestation and improving biodiversity.
The UTZ Code of Conduct
The UTZ Code of Conduct helps our producers:
- Keep track of costs and performance through improved record keeping, and making changes to increase productivity.
- Plant crop varieties with increased resilience to adverse weather, pests and diseases. We also advise on monitoring pest and diseases, justified use of pesticides, and use of non-chemical alternatives, to minimize pre-harvest losses.
- Improve final yields by adopting our guidelines on better harvesting, storing and processing techniques.
- Improve water efficiency by helping farmers adapt to water scarcity, make better use of irrigation water, and prevent contamination of rivers and streams.
Low productivity can be a major bottleneck in creating thriving rural communities and sustainable supply chains.
UTZ training requirements lead to better qualified, better treated and more motivated workers, which in turn leads to increased efficiency. This has a knock-on effect on working conditions, living wages, gender, child labor and climate change.
There is less need for women and children to work the land, and farmers can afford to pay a living wage. They can invest in new machinery and tools, reducing the burden on workers. And by treating the land in a more sympathetic way, they produce fewer greenhouse gases and can work with the land they have, meaning deforestation and slash and burn practices are no longer necessary.
All of which plays a vital role in making sure cocoa, coffee and tea farming can be an attractive business for generations to come.
Increased Productivity Works
|A study in Vietnam showed that UTZ certified coffee farmers could maintain high yields while using less nitrogen fertilizer than non-certified farmers.|
|In Côte d’Ivoire, UTZ cocoa farmers have higher knowledge levels, higher yields and significantly lower production costs per kilo of cocoa than non-certified farmers.|
|More than 60% of UTZ certified farmers in Brazil agree that certification contributed to reducing costs and financial gains. 100% of workers said that their ability to carry out activities improved following training.|