The World Resources Institute and the Forest Legality Alliance studied mahogany that was sourced from small community-run forestry cooperatives in Honduras' biodiversity-rich forests, examining two approaches to minimizing the risk to importers of sourcing illegal wood. The first approach involved establishing strong relationships with suppliers and the second was to prefer certified wood. Among other things, the study found that chain-of-custody certification was a useful tool for enhancing assurances of legality.
Smallholder tea farmers in Kenya are organized through the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA), which works with farmers to produce, process and market high quality teas. KTDA promotes better tea production practices in order to help smallholder farmers increase production quantity and achieve certification--with the ultimate goal of strengthening existing tea markets and establishing new ones. Various KTDA farms are pursuing certification by Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and UTZ.
This literature review aims to identify climate‐friendly agricultural practices for coffee, cocoa, and tea that (a) reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the use of land, machinery and chemicals, (b) lead to an increase of on‐farm carbon stocks, and/or (c) improve the resilience of agro‐ecosystems and farming communities to adapt to a changing climate, compared to local, business-as-usual practices (BAUs). This comparison is based on surveys of the scientific data related to GHGs and carbon storage, as well as predictions from models.