Agriculture / Biodiversity / Chocolate / Cocoa / Consumer Choices / Cooperatives / Poverty / Worker Rights / Worker Safety

Hope in the Shade of Cocoa Trees

Ouedraogo Boureima was just four years old when, in 1985, his family left their village in Burkina Faso and walked across the border and into Côte d’Ivoire. They brought only the clothes on their backs, two sheep, four cooking pots, food for travel and a picture of their ancestors. The family traveled south and then … Continue reading

Agriculture / Biodiversity / Cattle / Cooperatives / Deforestation / Expert Perspectives / Forestry / Tourism

Report from Mexico: A Community Committed to Forest Conservation

Mexico is the fifth most biodiverse country on the planet and home to a wide range of flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth.  It is particularly rich in forest species – including over 1,000 native tree species — but has one of the world’s highest deforestation rates. The Rainforest Alliance is working with … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Cooperatives / Expert Perspectives / tea

A Reflection on My Journey with the Rainforest Alliance

Winnie Mwaniki, a longtime Rainforest Alliance consultant based in Africa, reflects on her work with tea farmers in Kenya. My journey with the Rainforest Alliance’s sustainable agriculture program began in 2006 when I joined a small team in Kenya to kick start a three-year pilot project with Unilever (makers of Lipton Tea) and the Kenya … Continue reading