The Rainforest Alliance joins AMEA
We are proud to announce the newest addition to the Agribusiness Market Ecosystem Alliance: the Rainforest Alliance (RA)!
“The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization working to build a future in which nature is protected and biodiversity flourishes, where farmers, workers, and communities prosper, and where sustainable land use and responsible business practices are the norm.”
The Rainforest Alliance has recently merged with UTZ and their programs are running in parallel, while the development of a single new certification program is on the way and expected to be launched in January 2019. The new certification program will bring significant benefits to the 182,000 farmers who are at the moment both UTZ and RA certified.
The Rainforest Alliance trains farmers around the world to conserve forests, boost the productivity of the land, support the well-being of their communities and to build food security through a sustainable agriculture. More than 1.3 million farms are using RA methods designed to protects ecosystems, workers and local communities, while in 2017, UTZ’s programs reached more than 987,000 farmers and over 368,000 workers in 41 producing countries.
“We envision a world where people and nature thrive in harmony. Professionalized farmer groups, with a strong Internal Management System, are at the core of our approach, and that’s why we are proud to be a member of the AMEA Alliance – working together with others to drive this important agenda forward.”
Paul Schep, Manager Training Department at the Rainforest Alliance
The addition of Rainforest Alliance to AMEA confirms the shared belief in the collective and transformative power of strong and professional farmer organizations who possess the necessary business management and leadership skills to thrive as businesses.
Rainforest Alliance is reviewing all the possibilities to contribute and use the AMEA Framework for capacity development of professional farmer organizations through continuous improvement, knowledge sharing on what works and what doesn’t work and collectively finding the best approaches to contribute to more sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers.
AMEA is looking forward to work closely with the Rainforest Alliance to build a global movement focused at entrepreneurship of farmers and their organizations.