If certfication can't bring farmers out poverty, can it be called truly sustainable?


Fair game: How effective is cocoa certification?

By Oliver Nieburg

Sourcing to fair trade standards, such as UTZ, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade, is an important first step for chocolate makers towards cocoa sustainability, but will not necessarily bring farmers out of extreme poverty, say supply chain actors.

Industry must boost social protection for rural farmers: FAO

By Niamh Michail

Rural poverty is the theme of this year’s World Food Day but agriculture in itself is not enough to end hunger, says the FAO – social protection is vital to protecting farmers which means industry can get involved. 

The Ugandan farmers claim the joint venture grabbed land without compensating them. (Picture Credit: FoEI / ATI - Jason Taylor)

Ugandan farmers set to sue land-grabbing palm oil venture

By Nathan Gray

A joint venture between palm oil giant Wilmar International and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is set to be taken to court as Ugandan farmers seek damages for land they say was grabbed in 2011.


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