This study compares 43 Rainforest Alliance certified and 43 non-certified coffee farms, using qualitative and quantitative data to assess certification’s outcomes on livelihoods and ecosystems, understand the motivations for certification, and compare the ra...
by Rueda, X., & Lambin, E. F. , Ecology And Society, 18(3). (2013)
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.