Better farming methods lead to better crop. Farmers with better crops have better prospects, which is what UTZ is about. Not only do the farmers produce more, they achieve better quality at lower costs. More and more farmers around the world now have more opportunities because of the UTZ program.
UTZ certified farmers are trained to also be good business people. This enables them to produce more at lower costs while producing better quality harvests. This way farmers are able to invest in their families, a sound business, the people who work there and in their futures.
Since we are in the program the cocoa farm has produced more: we had 1.2 tons in 2011-2012, and then 1.8 tons in 2013-2014. In this way the UTZ program allowed me to build my house! And it also means we can afford gas for cooking.
Kouassi N’Guessan Nick, Côte D’Ivoire.