Why Do We Need rainforests?
No matter where you live, you need rainforests. Why? They help purify the air we breathe. They send vapor into the air, making it rain—not just locally but thousands of miles away. Rainforests are great allies in the fight to slow climate change, too, as they absorb vast quantities of human-made carbon emissions. Rainforest plants provide the basis for medicines that treat everything from toothaches to childhood leukemia. Rainforests are also home to millions of Indigenous and local peoples who live in harmony with nature.
Who Are the Best Guardians of the Forest?
No one protects forests better than the people who live in them. Indigenous and local communities manage almost a quarter of the world’s lands, which means they care for an astonishing 80 percent of Earth’s biodiversity. Numerous studies show that deforestation rates are significantly lower inside Indigenous territories than outside them.
Can We Grow Food in Harmony with Nature?
What if farming not only fed people, it also nourished the land? With regenerative agriculture practices, farming can do just that. Planting native trees and shrubs, for example, improves soil fertility; improving soil fertility makes crops more productive and resistant to pests; eventually, pesticides can be eliminated.
Our Mission to Protect the World’s Forests
We are working in 60+ countries to build sustainable, rural economies—a proven strategy to keep our forests standing.
Strengthening Worker Rights and Well-Being in Agriculture
The Rainforest Alliance protects and promotes the human rights of more than 1.5 million farmworkers through our certification program, and of tens of thousands more in our community-level work.
Addressing the Coffee Supply Chain Disruptions
The global coffee sector is currently facing a unique convergence of challenges including the ongoing effects of Covid-19 on supply chains, adverse weather events in major coffee producing countries, inflation, and increased transport costs.