How the Rainforest Alliance is addressing the urgent financial needs of smallholder farmers in the world’s largest cocoa-producing country
It all started with one industrious man, his 10 children, and a soil that was unusually rich with clay: Visitors to Santa Ana, Costa Rica, can now learn how this charming little town came to be bursting with pottery shops and see a master potter at work. It’s part of of a new tour created by the Hernández family, who attended Rainforest Alliance trainings in sustainable tourism.
Rainforest Alliance president Nigel Sizer recently visited the largest Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee estate in Costa Rica and learned from a master of sustainable farming, 76-year-old Don Alfonso Robelo. Sizer’s 9-year-old son Jasper, pictured here with Don Alfonso, learned quite a bit, too!
Brothers David and Jonathan Vega broke with tradition to make the family coffee farm in Costa Rica more sustainable—and more profitable.
Nigel Sizer on how the Rainforest Alliance works to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals