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Updating the SAN Standard revision process

The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) is working on the revision of its Standards for Sustainable Agriculture and as part of the transparency that characterizes the organization, it updates you about the process.

The current SAN standard revision initiated in 2013 with a first round of public consultation and will be prolonged until autumn 2015. After two standard drafts, our technical teams are revising the inputs from the January/February 2014 second round of public consultation. Its consolidated elements will be fitted in the new standard framework as approved by the SAN board of directors last April.

Our commitment is that the 3rd draft and final version will be more concise, focused on achieving impacts with performance indicators, a balanced cost-benefit ratio for producers, and easier to apply, audit and communicate.

According to SAN’s Standards and Policy Director, Oliver Bach, “SAN wants to make the maximum out of the current standard revision process and make sure its next generation 2015 standards will create even more impact for biodiversity and natural resource conservation, farm productivity, profitability, worker’s family wellbeing and producer livelihoods with less burdensome requirements.”

“SAN standards currently cover 86 agriculture products and cattle production systems in 43 countries. We are strengthening our technical governance and enhancing our committee teams with more experts. Additionally, our standards will be field tested once again and consulted with key stakeholders in early 2015,” added Bach.

IMO India and RACert, two new accredited certification bodies

The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) is pleased to announce that the SAN/ Rainforest Alliance certification system (SAN/RA) has two additional accredited certification bodies. They are IMO India and RACert.

With these additions, the number of certification bodies working in our system around the world reaches nine.

IMO India and RACert have been accredited by the SAN accreditation body, IOAS, after meeting the SAN requirements for accreditation. They will be able to audit and certify operations that meet the SAN standards for Sustainable Agriculture.

RACert will offer certification services in Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Ghana, Guadaloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, USA, Vietnam and Zambia.

IMO India will certify farms in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.