( Courtesy EFI )

The Equitable Food Initiative has hired Rebecca Chavez as business development manager.

Chavez will be responsible for developing relationships with produce buyers, distributors, foodservice operators, trade associations and grower-shippers to promote adoption of EFI certification, according to a news release.

She has spent her career working in the rural sector on food security, nutrition, economic livelihoods, gender equity and youth leadership, according to the release.

 “Her unique skill set is well-positioned to help educate Mexican growers about our workforce development program and assist them as they work toward implementing the Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices,” Kevin Boyle, director of business and new product development for EFI, said in the release.

Related articles:

EFI counts 2018 successes

EFI looks to give certified suppliers preferred status

EFI puts ethical charter into action