Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)

What Is SAN? 

The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) is a coalition of non-profit conservation and rural development organizations in the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia promoting the environmental and social sustainability of agricultural activities through the development of good practice standards, certification and the training of rural producers throughout the world.

Compliance with the SAN Standards for Sustainable Agriculture is indispensable for farms certification and to get the right to use the Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM seal on agricultural products.

Our vision is a world where agriculture contributes to the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods.

In SAN we promote good agricultural practices, efficient production systems, conservation of biodiversity and sustainable human development through technical assistance to farmers and the application of our Standards for Sustainable Agriculture, that include social, environmental and productive aspects.

Our concept of sustainability recognizes that the wellbeing of societies and ecosystems is connected and depends of a development that is environmentally, socially and economically viable.

What Do We Do?

The SAN works to be a global network transforming agriculture into a sustainable activity. To accomplish this, we help farmers to implement best practices and we develop standards for best agricultural and cattle production practices that we coordinate in a certification system.

The SAN/RA certification system is jointly owned by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and Rainforest Alliance. SAN develops, manages and owns the Standards for Sustainable Agriculture, and also coordinates the quality management behind the certification of rural producers.

Rainforest Alliance is owner of the Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM seal that identifies products from a certified farm and coordinates the market development for these products.

At SAN we also work on strengthening our partners’ technical assistance plans and facilitating the flow of information between them so that more farmers can gain access to training in best agricultural practices.

Technical assistance is a critical element for accomplishing our mission, since many farmers benefit from this support in order to implement the best agricultural and social practices inherent in the Sustainable Agriculture Standards.

SAN partners provide support to farmers of all sizes through training, field demonstrations, videos and other educational materials and techniques appropriate for each type of crop, environment, local culture and learning capacity of the participants involved.

Beginnings of the Certification in El Salvador 

The work of the Agricultural Certification – known as “Coffee and Biodiversity Project” – began in 1999, and was initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN).

This project was managed by the Foundation PROCAFE and, at that time, SalvaNATURA led the component of farm certification with the ECO-OK label that later became the actual worldwide brand of certification known as “Rainforest Alliance”.

This project was completed in 2001 and SalvaNATURA, along with certified producers and exporters, continued promoting the principles of sustainable agriculture. Since 2002, new farms were added and new exporters became interested in this innovative concept of sustainability, bringing development to rural areas with the support of the commercialization of certified coffee.

To this day, El Salvador has 389 certified farms, which translates into an area of 15,000 certified hectares, and a production of 300,000 pounds of green coffee that accounts for 17% of the national production. Also, we have verified the chain of custody of 36 mills. Additionally, we have certified a sugar cane farm, the first in the world to get a certification of this nature.

SAN Network:

  • 1,800 certificates
  • 3 million hectares
  • 40 countries
  • 80 crops
  • 1.03 million farms


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