This white paper introduces the environmental performance monitoring system and explains how the organization is charting transitions to conservation-friendly agriculture to meet the information needs of farmers, buyers and other stakeholders.
Researchers commissioned by the Rainforest Alliance compared financial recordkeeping variables between Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and noncertified farms; they also surveyed social lenders and local, in-country financial institutions.
This research is based on conversations with leading companies, industry experts and suppliers and other stakeholders about alternative approaches to addressing social performance issues in their supply chains.
The report summarizes the results of four studies conducted by Cenicafe, a Colombian coffee research institute. Streams were found to be healthier on certified farms, and certified farmers implemented a variety of Best Management Practices at a higher rate than their noncertified neighbors.