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We have concluded another stage thanks to your support

Thanks to your support and participation, the second round of public consultation on the SAN Standards for Sustainable Agriculture has been very successful.

Between January 10 and March 11, the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) was approached by 600 people from 32 countries that gave their opinion and most important, their suggestions about how to improve our standards in view of better practices and a more efficient certification system that will benefit the affected stakeholders.

Apart from workshops in 16 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, we realized six trial audits on cocoa, banana, coffee and rice plantations in Costa Rica, Ghana, Colombia and Mexico, and specific meetings with focus groups, which all enabled us to have a clearer panorama about the future of the SAN standards.

The SAN is grateful about the richness and diversity of comments about this Sustainable Agriculture Standard revision received during the latest consultation process. Considering these comments, we will develop a third draft standard and will consult selected stakeholders again through focused interviews before preparing a final version during the first semester of 2015.

Some key elements will be developed more profoundly for the next draft, including the structure and complexity of the standard, more outcome oriented criteria and specific topics such as Living Wage and High Value Ecosystems.

We trust you to keep accompanying us on this pathway that we have progressed on so far.


SAN welcomes two new partners in Europe and Africa

The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) welcomes two new partners: The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Centre d' Etudes, Formation, Conseils et Audits (Center of Studies, Training, Consulting and Audit (CEFCA ).

The incorporation of these organizations strengthens the presence of SAN in key areas for the worldwide promotion of sustainable agriculture through the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal.

CEFCA’s work in Ivory Coast, and the RSPB’s in the UK and the tropics, are consistent with SAN’s vision to promote productive and efficient agricultural systems, biodiversity conservation and sustainable human development.

CEFCA is a non-governmental organization based in Ivory Coast, created in 2010; its main objective is to contribute to sustainable development and help in the welfare of rural communities.

The Director of CEFCA, Melanie Bayo, explained that instructors and consultants of the organization are working primarily with cocoa and coffee in order “to preserve biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods by transforming soil management practices".