Kingfisher plc becomes a founding member of the Rainforest Alliance ‘Forest Allies’ initiative

Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company, which owns B&Q and Screwfix in the UK, has announced a partnership with the Rainforest Alliance through the Forest Allies initiative. As a founding member of Forest Allies, Kingfisher will support the Rainforest Alliance to protect, restore, and enable responsible management of tropical forests. Programmes will engage with local forest communities to build strong local economies, whilst also protecting the natural resources they depend upon. Working with the Rainforest Alliance and alongside other corporate partners, Kingfisher will support the implementation of Integrated Community…

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Rainforest Alliance unveils end-to-end strengthening of its pioneering cocoa certification program

The Rainforest Alliance is unveiling an end-to-end strengthening of its pioneering Cocoa Certification Program, which is the world’s largest scale initiative to drive more sustainable cocoa farming. These new measures mark the first stage of Rainforest Alliance’s enhanced certification program for all sectors that will be published in June and rolled out in the subsequent 12 months. These upgrades reflect Rainforest Alliance’s continued commitment toward addressing core challenges in the cocoa sector: farmer livelihoods, child labor, and deforestation. With its stepped-up Cocoa Certification Program, the 33-year-old organization is amplifying and…

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The Rainforest Alliance Announces Winners of the International Ag-Tech Developer Challenge

The Rainforest Alliance announced on July 3, 2019 the two winners of the first-ever international Ag-Tech Developer Challenge. Fifty organizations took part in the challenge submitting innovative remote-sensing data products to bolster digital work and generate data insights that benefit the cocoa farmers the Alliance works with on a global scale. The first-place winner is the Indian company CropIn which receives an investment of €100,000 to further develop its future-ready farming solution CocoaSense. This AI and Satellite Imaging powered solution will make the current digital farm development plans for cocoa…

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