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DYK that cocoa is grown in remote, rural regions of the world by more than 4.5 million farmers? 70% of global production comes from West Africa and the largest producers are (in this order): Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria and Cameroon. The other 30% of cocoa is produced in a handful of countries around the world near the equator, as cocoa trees need hot and humid environments...
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UTZ Certified
03/21/2017 at 14:26. Facebook
The formula for good coffee. A story about the challenges in the coffee sector in Peru and how certification is helping these farmers be positive about their future. [ Utz.org Link ]

Why quality is the key to future-proof coffee farming - UTZ

UTZ Certified
03/16/2017 at 14:33. Facebook
Do you want to know how Standards are contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals? Here some examples. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the 3 infographics full of impact data of different sectors, countries and standards) [ Standardsimpacts.org Link ]

Infographics: Sustainability standards and the SDGs (2017)

DYK that while tea is native to Asia, it is currently grown in over 50 countries worldwide? Almost 80% of the world’s tea coming from four countries; China, India, Kenya and Sri Lanka. Smallholder plantations make up to 60% of global tea production, especially throughout China, Kenya, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
No excuse not to buy sustainable products! In 2015 there were more than 13,500 different products on 136 countries around the globe with the UTZ name or label. There was enough coffee sold to make 28.6 billion cups of coffee; enough tea sold to make 2.9 billion cups of tea and enough cocoa sold to make 14.4 billion bars of milk chocolate bars of 100g each. Curious to know more about the reach...
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What is the reach of UTZ? - UTZ

DYK that there are two main types of coffee beans cultivated for consumption: arabica and robusta? Arabica is generally considered the superior variety of coffee bean. It is grown at elevations of 600-2,200 meters above sea level and at temperatures of 15-30 ºC. This gives it a lower caffeine content, making for a less bitter taste. Robusta plants are grown at lower elevations of 800...
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Hiring! Our Standards & Assurance department is looking for two new colleagues. A Standards & Assurance Officer with 1 to 3 years of quality management experience in coffee, cocoa and/or tea production. And an Assurance Developer with a minimum of 5 years, preferably CSR agricultural, multi-stakeholder contexts in tropical countries or rural development related experience. For both positions...
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Job opportunities - UTZ

Celebrating International Women's Day!

Women tend to plough most of the extra money they make back into their home and family, meaning increased investment in the education of their children, family health and nutrition. However, they still earn less than men, and have less access to education, healthcare, training and finance. We must ensure women are empowered and both men and women...
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‘I have met many women doing extraordinary things since I started working in the cocoa sector ten years ago.’ Britta Wyss Bisang, Program Director at UTZ. Today, Britta shares the story of Léonie Osso Sona, cocoa farmer, president of the Offa village women’s farmer association in Côte d’Ivoire and winner of the ‘The Woman With The Large Hat’ prize. ‘She’s feisty, independent and a born leader....
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How Female Cocoa Farmers In West Africa Play A Key Role In Creating Sustainable Communities - GirlTalkHQ

UTZ Contributes to – Part 4
BETTER LIFE: More and more UTZ farmers and workers report a better quality of life with safer and healthier environments, more motivation and greater access to educational opportunities for their children.
Did you know that chamomile, mint and jasmine tea are actually not teas? But then, what is tea? Where is it grown? And how is it processed? [ Utz.org Link ]

Everything you need to know about tea - UTZ

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BETTER ENVIRONMENT: UTZ certified farms work with respect for the environment and in harmony with nature. Water and energy reduction measures are implemented, pollution is reduced, and natural resources are conserved.
The cocoa industry currently faces many social, economic and environmental issues. Cocoa farms are having trouble attracting young workers to the industry due to poor working conditions and low income for farmers. Meanwhile, cocoa productivity is low while demand for cocoa continues to rise. In several countries, this resulted in cocoa farming being linked to deforestation. Rather than...
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UTZ Contributes to – Part 2
BETTER INCOME: Farmers with better crops have better prospects. A higher yield means a bigger income, so farmers can invest in the future of their families, business and their workers.
“I am motivated to do something for my workers: providing them with warm water, improving toilets, communal areas, upgrading their houses. The premium money is an opportunity for me to give back to the business and better the lives of my people. That feels good to me.” Niklaas Slinger, Rooibos certified farmer. [ Utz.org Link ]

Rooibos: 2 farmers, 6 quick fire questions - UTZ

UTZ Contributes to – Part 1
BETTER CROP: Farmers in the UTZ program are trained in good agricultural practices. That means they produce more, and achieve better quality at lower costs.
UTZ Requires: Part 4
BETTER CARE FOR NEXT GENERATIONS: Within the UTZ program farmers take steps to ensure that their children and those of their workers grow up in healthy circumstances with access to education. UTZ requirements ban child labor and sessions are held to increase awareness around the importance of education.
“I would be honored if you can share my story, let the people know about my life.” And so we do. Meet James Kojo-Acquah, cocoa farmer in Ghana. [ Utz.org Link ]

“I am happy to be an UTZ farmer!” - UTZ

It’s Valentine’s Day! A perfect excuse to get some nice and sustainable treats for your loved ones (and yourself!).
UTZ Requires: Part 3
BETTER CARE FOR NATURE: Farmers implement agricultural methods that make better use of resources and minimize the use of artificial fertilizers and other harmful practices.