|Hondupalma gets the first Rainforest Alliance certified palm in Honduras|
Hondupalma ECARA became the first company in producing palm oil farmers in Honduras, whose farms achieved Rainforest Alliance certification after complying with the guidelines of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), which protect the environment, wildlife and seek the welfare of workers.
The announcement was made by José Alfredo Torres, Certification Manager at the Institute for Cooperation and Self-Development (ICADE), the Honduran NGO representing SAN in this Central American country.
"Hondupalma is an agribusiness cooperative comprised of 30 little enterprises. It is a model of integration, production and processing organized by farmers who acquired the land in 1976 through a land reform after a concession of land devoted to banana was finished," he said.
For Torres, "this successful model of collective ownership of land and production is unique in the country and is an invaluable effort of this 30 companies have obtained the certification of Sustainable Agriculture, because it strengthens the success path of this company , which acts responsibly on environmental and social aspects in the sustainable production of palm oil ."
In Hondupalma, "producers (owners), employees and neighbors share the benefits of sustainable agriculture, and our wish is this new step will strengthen the bonds of unity of this organization," he added.
|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".