As the global population nears a staggering eight billion people, the demand for food, fuel and housing places mounting pressure on forests. Deforestation accelerates. Endangered and threatened species disappear. The impacts of climate change worsen.
How do we respond? By guiding people who depend on land for their livelihoods—by helping farmers like Adrien Kouadio.
From Côte d'Ivoire to Chile to China, the Rainforest Alliance is working with hundreds of thousands of farmers, giving them the skills and financial incentives they need to grow crops and protect land. By making conservation both feasible and beneficial, we can empower communities to serve as stewards of the planet's forests, animals and natural resources.
That's how much more net income Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms in Côte d'Ivoire create compared to their non-certified counterparts.
That's how many people benefit from our work. Still, there are roughly 1.6 billion more—the vast majority of them living in poverty—who depend on forests for their livelihoods.
That's how much of the world's cocoa supply comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. But that's not enough: we aim to make sustainable cocoa mainstream.