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 / Coffee / Consumer Choices / Deforestation / Expert Perspectives / Pesticides and Agrochemicals / Worker Rights / Worker Safety

Part I: What Can We Learn From Brazil?

Chad Trewick is senior director of coffee and tea at Caribou Coffee – the first major coffee company in the US to source 100 percent of its coffee from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. Here, he writes about a recent trip to Brazil to explore sustainable coffee production. Brazil is a generation (maybe even two or … Continue reading

Africa / Child Labor / Cocoa / Expert Perspectives / Impacts / Pesticides and Agrochemicals / Rainforest Alliance / Worker Rights / Worker Safety

Good News for Cocoa and the Global Food System

Eric Servat, senior manager of the Rainforest Alliance’s cocoa program, talks about the growth and challenges of our cocoa work. While Halloween is the peak time for chocolate news in the US, the holidays are  our peak chocolate eating season.   Any chocolate enjoyed in the US is likely to contain cocoa grown in Côte d’Ivoire, the … Continue reading

Agriculture / Coffee / Deforestation / Education / Expert Perspectives / NESCAFE / Pesticides and Agrochemicals / tea / Women / Worker Rights / Worker Safety

A Sustainable Future for Vietnam

Dipika Chawla, our New York-based online communities coordinator, shares stories from her recent trip to meet with coffee farmers in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam. As my plane descended into Buon Ma Thuot, the capital of Dak Lak province, I peered down at the rectangular plots of coffee plants stretching neat and green across … Continue reading