Agriculture / Expert Perspectives / Sustainable Agriculture Network

Always Learning and Growing

It’s rare for an organization to take a thorough look at what it is doing and ask, “Is it up to snuff?”  However, the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)–the international coalition that owns the standard to which all Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms are audited—is currently doing just that. Here, Oliver Bach, the SAN’s director of standards and … Continue reading

Agriculture / Biodiversity / Sustainable Agriculture Network

A Passion for Passion Fruit

The sweet, tangy passion fruit is more than a delicious treat for communities in the central highlands of Costa Rica. It is a vital source of income for farmers in Chitaría, who are now earning higher incomes and supporting local wildlife with the introduction of Rainforest Alliance certification and the support of Chiquita Fruit Solutions. Continue reading

Bananas / Coffee / College Outreach / Consumer Choices / Expert Perspectives / Finance / Sustainable Agriculture Network

A Business School Class Explores the Roots of Sustainability

In January, Rainforest Alliance staffer Meriwether Hardie traveled to Costa Rica with Professor Robert Strand and his class from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. The group was in Costa Rica for two-week-long sustainability and social responsibility course, exploring Caribou Coffee’s value chain and the many stakeholders involved. (Caribou Coffee sources 100 percent … Continue reading