Africa / Agriculture / Chocolate / Cocoa / Facts / Impacts / Sustainable Agriculture Network

Cocoa Certification by the Numbers

How do we know our work with cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire is improving lives, lands and livelihoods?  We commissioned the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) to conduct on-the-ground research in the West African country. In 2009, and again in 2011, COSA scientists collected data at Rainforest Alliance Certified and non-certified farms, representing a total of 452 farm visits. Their research revealed … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Climate Change / Forest Carbon Project / Poverty / Worker Rights

Improving Access and Equity for Smallholder Carbon Projects

Jeff Hayward, director of the Rainforest Alliance’s climate program, weighs in on the challenges facing smallholders interested in participating in carbon projects.  It is abundantly clear that there are systematic barriers to entry preventing smallholder participation in carbon projects. We’ve seen this firsthand, whether validating forest carbon projects or helping communities and smallholder farmers in … Continue reading