The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land- use practices, business practices and consumer behavior
Rainforest Alliance works with farmers to ensure compliance with the RA standards for protecting wildlife, wild lands, workers’ rights and local communities. Farms that meet these rigorous standards are awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal.
Applicants are audited and certified against the following RA Standards;
- RA Sustainable Agriculture Standard (version 1.2 , July 2017)
- Chain of Custody Standard (July 2015)
- Less water pollution as all sources of contamination (peers, sediment, wastewaters, garbage, fuels and so on) are controlled.
- Less soil erosion as farms implement soil conservation practices such as planting on contours and maintaining ground cover.
- Reduced threats to the environment and human health as the most dangerous pesticides are prohibited, all agrochemical use is strictly regulated, farmers must use mechanical and biological pest controls where possible and strive to reduce both the toxicity and quantity of chemicals used.
- Wildlife habitat is protected as deforestation is stopped, the banks of rivers are protected with buffer zones, critical ecosystems such as wetlands are protected and forest patches on farms are preserved.
- Less waste as farm by-products such as banana stems, coffee pulp, orange peels and un-marketable foliage are composted and returned to the fields as natural fertilizer. Other wastes, such as plastics, glass and metals are recycled where possible.
- Less water used as water conservation measures are applied in washing and packing stations, housing areas and irrigation.
- More efficient farm management as the certification program helps farmers organize, plan, schedule improvements, implement better practices, identify problems and monitor progress.
- Improved conditions for farm workers — who are getting fair wages, decent housing, clean drinking water, sanitary facilities and a safe and wholesome work area. Workers and their families have access to schools, health care, transportation and training.
- Improved profitability and competitiveness for farmers who have increased production, improved quality, reduced worker complaints and increased worker efficiency. The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal of approval gives the farmers more leverage at the time of sale, product differentiation, premium prices and improved access to credit.
- More collaboration between farmers and conservationists — parks alone cannot save the world’s biodiversity; we have to ensure that wild flora and fauna find refuge outside of protected areas. Because farmers control the fate of so much land and so many critical habitats, their ideas and willing participation are essential to any local or regional conservation strategy.
What is GLOBALG.A.P.?
The challenge of globalising markets is nowhere greater than in the primary food sector. GLOBALG.A.P. (formerly known as EUREPGAP) has established itself as a key reference for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in the global market place, by translating consumer requirements into agricultural production in a rapidly growing list of countries – currently more than 80 on every continent.
- GLOBALG.A.P. is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe. The aim is to establish ONE standard for Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P.) with different product applications capable of fitting to the whole of global agriculture.
- GLOBALG.A.P.is a pre-farm-gate standard, which means that the certificate covers the process of the certified product from farm inputs like feed or seedlings and all the farming activities until the product leaves the farm. GLOBALG.A.P.is a business-to-business label and is therefore not directly visible to consumers.
- GLOBALG.A.P.certification is carried out by more than 100 independent and accredited certification bodies in more than 80 countries. It is open to all producers worldwide.
- GLOBALG.A.P. includes annual inspections of the producers and additional unannounced inspections.
- GLOBALG.A.P.consists of a set of normative documents. These documents cover the GLOBALG.A.P.General Regulations, the GLOBALG.A.P. control points and compliance criteria and the GLOBALG.A.P.Checklist.
As many other on-farm assurance systems have been in place for some time prior to the existence of GLOBALG.A.P., a way had to be found to encourage the development of regionally adjusted management systems and so to prevent farmers from having to undergo multiple audits. Existing national or regional farm assurance schemes that have successfully completed their benchmarking process are recognised as an equivalent to GLOBALG.A.P..
The GLOBALG.A.P.standard is subjected to a revision of continuous improvement to take into account technological and market developments.
UTZ CERTIFIED Good Inside is dedicated to creating an open and transparent marketplace for agricultural products. It offers coffee, tea and cocoa certification programs and manages traceability for RSPO certified palm oil. UTZ Certified’s vision is to achieve sustainable agricultural supply chains where the food industry takes responsibility by demanding and rewarding sustainably grown products, and where consumers buy products which meet their standard for social and environmental responsibility.
LEAF promotes the use of efficiency, transparency and standards throughout the food and farming industry
The LEAF Marque standard is a list of questions about how you farm and how you manage your farming. For each question there is a standard that the farmer is required to meet in order to qualify for LEAF Marque certification. The questions must be applied to your whole farm i.e. all enterprises including land you rent in and joint ventures if you are the principle crop manager. Land that you rent out you should encourage your tenant to adopt IFM and join LEAF.
Find a list of the LEAF Marque certified clients here