Rainforest Alliance certification offers many benefits to your farm and to you as a farmer. Certification maximizes your farm’s healthy productivity and improves the quality of your crop. Farmers get the support and guidance they need to help their farms respond to climate change. Together, we can help you and your farm prepare for a successful future.
The Rainforest Alliance’s certification program directly benefits more than two million farmers in more than forty countries around the world. We have over 30 years of experience and on-the-ground expertise. Because we have a reputation as a trusted partner, with a wide range of expertise and strong local partnerships, Rainforest Alliance certification stands out from many other agricultural certification programs.
All Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms meet our Sustainable Agriculture Standard. This Standard sets out comprehensive environmental, social, and economic guidelines and is rooted in the following four sustainability principles.
1. Effective planning and management systems
We know that productive and sustainable farms depend on careful management. Rainforest Alliance Certified farms use our integrated farm planning and management tools. These tools help with everything from assessing your energy and water use to choosing cultivate percentage to hiring seasonal workers and much more.
2. Biodiversity conservation
Certification helps create a healthier environment. Rainforest Alliance Certified farms protect natural ecosystems and don’t contribute to deforestation. They maintain wildlife corridors, protect water sources, and safeguard nearby protected areas. Certified farms also help protect endangered species. They support local wildlife by prohibiting hunting, stopping the spread of invasive species, and taking steps to minimize human-wildlife conflict. Learn more about the environmental benefits of certification.
3. Natural resource conservation
Conserving natural resources helps increase your farm’s ability to respond to climate change. Certified farms get support to minimize soil erosion and compaction, improve soil fertility, treat wastewater, conserve water and energy, manage solid waste, and use integrated pest management techniques to reduce the use of pesticides.
4. Improved livelihoods
Farms work best when they are good neighbors and good employers. All Rainforest Alliance Certified farms protect the health and well-being of all of their workers. All workers must be over fifteen years of age. Workers are paid at least the legal minimum wage and overtime rates of the country where the farm is located, and they have access to safe drinking water, healthcare, and education. Respecting community rights, including the rights of indigenous peoples, is a key part of being a Rainforest Alliance certified farm. Learn more about the social benefits of certification.