Did you know that global coffee production is at risk? Climate change, pests and diseases and urbanization are just some of the issues that are not easily solved. But there is one thing we know: by sourcing sustainably produced coffee you are not only helping to secure your future supply of coffee but also contributing to improving the lives of farmers.
A new study among Brazilian coffee farmers shows the positive impact of UTZ certification on farmers with 90% of those interviewed stating that the program had been beneficial to them and that they would recommend it to other farmers. The main effects of certification are noted in improved management, which provides the basis for many other benefits such as more efficient farming, reduced costs and better access to markets.
Maria Aparecida Silva, owner of Sítio Ribeirão da Onça states, “As head of the family, I have to look at good profitability to make sure we have enough in the future. Only through good management is this possible.”
The report shows that the majority of farmers interviewed intend to continue in the program, with over 60% stating that UTZ certification has contributed to establishing long term trade relations; a win-win situation for everyone.
Read more about the study .