|Cattle farm in Costa Rica achieve Rainforest Alliance certification|
CATIE's Commercial Farm, whose main activity is dairy, meet the requirements of the SAN Standard for livestock and became certified with the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal
The Commercial Farm of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Center for Research and Education in spanish), scored the Rainforest Alliance certification and this became the first livestock in Costa Rica to get this recognized seal. To do this, the farm must meet the rigorous standards that promote the humane treatment of livestock, conservation of natural resources and the rights and welfare of workers, developed by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN).
"This first Rainforest Alliance certification in livestock is very important for Costa Rica because it will be an example for farmers in the country know that they do have alternatives to minimize the problems associated with their activities, such as deforestation, emission of greenhouse gases and improper treatment of animals," said Ana Lucia Corrales, Rainforest Alliance agricultural certification manager.
The SAN Standards apply only to cattle pastures and cover issues such as land management and waste treatment, also infrastructure and animal transportation. Farms that aspire to the Rainforest Alliance certification must meet that standard and properly dispose of waste, prevent attacks on livestock by any wild feline, protect natural waterways and ensure animal welfare.
|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".