Impacts of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)/Rainforest Alliance Certification System

Date: April 5, 2016
Location: Webinar

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST (5:00 PM GMT), Rainforest Alliance’s Chief Scientist, Jeff Milder, provided an overview of the first-ever SAN/Rainforest Alliance Impacts Report. Jeff summarized the effects of the SAN/Rainforest Alliance certification system on farms, people and the environment based on a review of nearly two dozen scientific studies as well as audit data from over 200 certified farms and farmer groups. A recording of the webinar is available here.

To learn more about Jeff Milder and his role at Rainforest Alliance, please click here.

For more information on the Impacts Report, please click here.

To find out more about the SAN and what they do, please click here.

Throughout the tropics and subtropics, agriculture is a major contributor to forest destruction, water pollution, labor abuses, entrenched poverty and child labor. But it does not have to be this way. Agriculture can be productive and profitable for farmers and workers, an important engine of economic and community development, and an integral part of sustainable and resilient rural landscapes.

SAN and the Rainforest Alliance seek to transform agriculture into a sustainable activity that conserves biodiversity and supports sustainable livelihoods. The jointly-managed SAN/Rainforest Alliance certification system supports this change by defining a framework of good practices for sustainable agriculture (the SAN Standard), training and supporting producers to implement these good practices, and certifying (through independent audits) those producers who achieve this norm of sustainable performance.

Based on the recently published SAN/Rainforest Alliance Impacts Report, this webinar reviewed evidence on the effects of the SAN/Rainforest Alliance certification system relative to the goals we share with our participating producers, companies and partners. These goals include conserving biodiversity, safeguarding natural resources, increasing farm productivity and profitability and improving the lives of farmers, workers and their families. The results presented in the report provide strong evidence that SAN/Rainforest Alliance certification is driving social and environmental sustainability on farms and in rural communities, landscapes and watersheds. They also help pinpoint areas for improvement, where the SAN and Rainforest Alliance are now working with our producers and partners to further increase sustainability performance.

For more information, please contact Lauryn Gilroy at


Forest canopy - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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