The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) promotes efficient and productive agriculture, biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development by creating social and environmental standards. The SAN is a coalition of leading conservation groups that links responsible farmers with conscientious consumers by means of the Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM seal of approval. Our collective vision is based on the concept of sustainability, recognizing that the well-being of societies and ecosystems is intertwined and dependent on development that is environmentally sound, socially equitable and economically viable. The SAN develops, manages and owns the Sustainable Agriculture Standard.
The SAN currently includes environmental groups in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Mexico, with many associated academic, agriculture and social responsibility groups around the world. The SAN seeks to transform the environmental and social conditions of agriculture through the implementation of sustainable farming practices. The conservation and rural development groups that manage the certification program understand local culture, politics, language and ecology and are trained in auditing procedures according to internationally recognized guidelines.
The SAN is dedicated to establishing its sustainable agricultural standards as respected and recognized around the world by all actors along the value chain. The SAN promotes best practices for the agricultural value chain, providing incentives to producers so that they adhere to the standards while motivating companies and consumers to support sustainability.
Our objectives include integrating sustainable agricultural production into local and regional strategies favoring biodiversity conservation and the preservation of social and environmental well-being. The Network also aims to increase awareness among agricultural producers, companies, consumers and industries about the interdependence that exists between healthy ecosystems, sustainable agriculture and self-directed, rural communities. We expect that increased awareness and understanding will encourage companies and consumers to select responsibly produced farm goods. Finally, the Network is a forum for discussion for farmers, scientists, activists, policymakers, community leaders, academics and conservationists around the world.