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 theRainforest 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".
Furthermore, they promote agricultural practices that protect natural resources and help rural communities to improve their living conditions.
"All programs and activities conducted by CEFCA aim to achieve sustainable agriculture activities and rural communities in order to improve the lives of farmers and their communities," explained Bayo.
Meanwhile, the RSPB is a leading voice in birds and wildlife defense in the UK and tropics, and it has shown great interest in the tropical ecosystems conservation.
With over a million members, the RSPB is working with farmers to help birds in tropical fields, advocates to decision makers for wildlife and the environment, and protects, restores and manages the habitats for birds and diverse wildlife.
In addition, it owns and manages 200 nature reservations that cover 130,000 hectares, home to 80 % of the most endangered or rare bird species in the UK.
With the addition of CEFCA and RSPB as part of the XIV Board meeting, SAN now has partners in America, Asia, Africa and Europe.
For SAN’s Executive Director, Andre de Freitas, membership of these organizations is an important step forward in the process of the organization’s growth and its incidence on tropical agriculture.
"We are very pleased to have our first partner in Africa, a region of important growth for our program among producers, as well as a partner in Europe, which represents an important market for certified products. The trust and interest of these organizations to become a part of SAN demonstrates the quality of our seal and the scope of our initiatives," he said.