A recent study carried out among UTZ certified coffee farmers and workers in Brazil showed the positive effects of UTZ certification in social, environmental and economic areas. 90% of farmers interviewed mentioned that the UTZ program had been beneficial to them and they would recommend UTZ certification to other farmers.
Read the full report, find the Key findings and learnings in the Report in a Nutshell and download UTZ’s Response to the report.
Meet some of the farmers in the states of Minas Gerais and São Paulo:
Maria Aparecida Silva, Owner of Sítio Ribeirão da Onça: “As head of family, I have to look at good profitability to make sure we have enough in the future. Only though good management this is possible. Coffee has always been our traditional cash crop and quality increase is definitely one of the objectives, so we need to make more with less. Maintaining natural resources such as our set aside land and water sources is also vital to our living. UTZ gives us good management tools, and with the support of Caminho Sustentia, we believe enough growth is supported to our professionalization. With the structure of UTZ program, it is clear where improvements are needed. This capacity, specially for smallholder farming is key.”
Fazenda Porto Alegre – UTZ certified since 2006 – In the picture worker Paulo Roberto da Silva.
Fazenda São Gabriel – UTZ certified since 2007 – in the picture from left to right: Conceição dos Santos Rocha, Eleni Justino, Jessica Gonçalves and Silva Regina Angelini.