The Evaluation and Research team produces a variety of analyses and studies to document results and evaluate effectiveness of the Rainforest Alliance’s programs and standards.
See a full list of the Evaluation & Research team’s completed publications here, summaries of planned and in-progress studies are listed below:
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Implementation on Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee Farms in Latin America
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an ecosystems approach to crop production and protection that prioritizes natural pest control and minimizes pesticide use. In this internal learning study, we are examining the costs, benefits, and challenges that producers face in implementing IPM, in order to identify where additional support and resources are needed, and to strengthen Rainforest Alliance's IPM strategy.
Effects of Rainforest Alliance Certification in the Ecuadorian banana sector
This independent external evaluation will examine the effects of Rainforest Alliance certification on a set of social and environmental variables on banana farmers and their supply chains in Ecuador. The report is expected in 2021.
The extent, characteristics and management of Rainforest Alliance conservation areas
A key component of the Rainforest Alliance certification program is the conservation and restoration of on-farm natural ecosystems. In this internal learning study, we will conduct an in-depth analysis of a subset of Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, to learn more about the characteristics of conservation areas and how they are managed.