The President of the National Academy of Sciences, Walter Fernndez and the Executive Director, Dayana Mora, participated in the activity; Eduardo Sibaja, General Director of the National Center of High Technology (CeNAT); the Costa Rican seismologist and researcher, Marino Protti; the former rector of the Costa Rican Technological Institute and researcher, Julio Calvo; Jos Mara Gutirrez researcher at the Clodomiro Picado Institute and university professor; the former Director of CATIE and Executive Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Network
, Jos Joaqun Campos, the President of CONICIT, Guiselle Tamayo and two frontline managers at that institution, Arturo Vicente and Max Cerdas.
Recent activities include a collaboration with the Pembrokeshire Sustainable Agriculture Network
and another with the Dyfi Biosphere in the Machynlleth and Aberystwyth area.
In late 2017, RA took over the Sustainable Agriculture Network
(SAN) Standard and certification programme, and separately, in January 2018, RA merged with UTZ, a leading agricultural certification body based in Amsterdam.
The Rainforest Alliance and the Sustainable Agriculture Network
are both working to develop standards that will address issues with bamboo production, and, after they go into effect, these certifications will further assist consumers.
GIZ Environment and Rural Development (EnRD) Program Director Max Baumann explained that the program aims to "increase certified production areas to a minimum of 500 hectares." Some 300 farms--with an average landholding of 1.5 hectares per farmer--covered under the project will undergo a certification from the Rainforest Alliance, a certifying body recognized by the Sustainable Agriculture Network
Since 1987, the New York-based Rainforest Alliance has worked to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior in more than 100 countries, through the promotion of standards developed by the Sustainable Agriculture Network
(SAN), a global coalition of non-profit conservation organizations.
The Rainforest Alliance Certified[TM] seal indicates third-party standards established by the Sustainable Agriculture Network
(SAN) have been met in food production, including safe and fair treatment of workers and protection of habitats and wildlife.
The Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network
(MSAN) is comprised of Mississippi farmers, consumers, educators, and activists working together to improve the sustainability of the state's rich agricultural resources by promoting small family farms and local, sustainable food systems.
The best known examples of these standards include Fairtrade, Sustainable Agriculture Network
(SAN)/Rainforest Alliance and Organic.
The Rainforest Alliance, an international non-governmental organisation, will support Nestle together with other partners of the Sustainable Agriculture Network
(SAN) and the coffee association, 4C, in meeting the Nescafe Plan objectives related to farming.
But help is on the way, largely thanks to the pioneering work of the Rainforest Alliance, which certifies as sustainable those banana farms and plantations that meet certain criteria for responsible farm management set by the Sustainable Agriculture Network
, a coalition of non-profits striving to improve commodity production in the tropics.
With OES support, the Sustainable Agriculture Network
has hired 60 additional trainers, who will initially train an estimated 3,000 farmers in the management practices needed to achieve certification.