Palm Oil
Have Your Say on Making Indonesian Palm Oil Sustainable

Over the next eight weeks, the Indonesian palm oil platform, known as the Forum Kelapa Sawit Berkelanjutan Indonesia (FoKSBI), is inviting the national and international public to comment on the latest version of the National Action Plan for Sustainable Palm Oil.

Cocoa
Supporting Forest Friendly Cocoa in Cote d'ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire has one of the world's fastest rates of deforestation, which is increasingly driven by unsustainable agricultural commodity production. Together with Cocoa Life, a major sustainability programme supported by Mondelēz International, the world's largest chocolate company, we developed a set of recommendations for forest-friendly cocoa in the country. These are captured in a joint discussion paper released by UNDP today. Read a conversation about the paper between Cédric van Cutsem, Global Operations Manager for Cocoa Life and Andrew Bovarnick, Global Head of the UNDP Green Commodities Programme.

Coffee
Change is Brewing Across Peru's Coffee Sector

Exported to more than 50 countries, Peruvian coffee is famous for its high quality. But, despite its global popularity, this vital national industry faces many challenges. Solving the complex problems of poverty, lagging competitiveness and environmental degradation will require all stakeholders to agree on a shared vision and to take coordinated action. Brought together by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation as well as the National Coffee Board, more than 100 representatives from across the sector met last month for the first time to start devising a National Action Plan for sustainable coffee.

Photo Story: Peru Perking up the Coffee Business

Peruvian coffee has gained fame as a high-quality, specialty coffee. Peru is now the second largest exporter of organic coffee beans after Mexico. Coffee produced there reaches markets in over 50 countries and has made a special name for itself. Despite its growing popularity abroad, the coffee sector of Peru still faces many problems at home. With social, economic and environmental troubles brewing in coffee-growing regions, thousands of family producers, unable to reap the fruits of their labour, continue to live in poverty. The UNDP, with support from the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), is implementing the Green Commodities Programme in Peru. The aim of the initiative is to promote sustainable production while increasing the competitiveness of Peruvian coffee.

A Revised Law Sparks New Hope for Restoring Paraguay’s Biodiversity

Government Officials expect recent changes to the national Forest Law to encourage significant reforestation, especially in productive landscape such as those surrounding the globally significant Upper Parana Atlantic forest. The legal changes are expected to help reduce pressure on the country’s last remaining native forests and to significantly boost the Nation’s long-term goal of reforesting 450,000 hectares of land, an area about half the size of Puerto Rico.

Forest
Costa Rica Scores Major Environmental Win with Launch of World-First Land Use Monitoring System

Costa Rica scored a major win against illegal deforestation from agro-commodity production with the launch of a unique new land use monitoring system. The Land Use Change Monitoring System within Production Landscapes (MOCUPP) is the world’s first to overlay satellite images with land registry records on an annual basis for an entire national territory. Now, on an annual basis, the system will produce images showing forest loss and gain from agro-commodity production across Costa Rica, starting with pineapple.

Forest
Ecuador Steps up Efforts to Address Deforestation from Agricultural Commodities in the Amazon Basin

With the aim of achieving net zero deforestation by 2020, the Government of Ecuador is drawing on resources from both the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environment Facility, totalling US$ 54 million, to reinforce existing government initiatives aimed at addressing deforestation in the Amazon Basin, with UNDP support. A key aspect of this work will focus on multi-sectorial dialogue through five national commodity platforms on livestock, coffee, cocoa, oil palm and non-timber forest products.

Our Latest Report: Six Years of Innovation and Impact

In 2009, UNDP launched the Green Commodities Programme (GCP) to play this important role in countries where highly traded commodities are important pillars of national and local economies. Today, the focus is on helping a strategically selected portfolio of countries to address the root causes of unsustainable commodity production. This publication captures the key innovations and impacts achieved by the UNDP Green Commodities Programme over the past six years.

Infographic: 2016 Programme Highlights

2016 was a year of many successes for the Green Commodities programme. This infographic captures the key highlights of our work to support public and private sector stakeholders in 11 countries to transform the production of seven highly-traded commodities.

Blog: Sustainable Commodity Sectors Can Prevent Instability

Sustainable commodity sectors support almost all of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. They can provide local jobs, improve incomes, empower women and promote healthy environments. This can ultimately make communities more resilient against shocks and instability.

News: The Dominican Republic Develops a Plan to Improve the Well-Being of Cocoa Producing communities, while Boosting Production

  As the world cocoa community meets in the Dominican Republic this week, the Government is developing a National Action Plan, supported by UNDP, that could see 30,000 small-scale cocoa farmers boost their livelihoods over the next decade. The Dominican Republic’s famous fine flavor cocoa is a vital source of...

Photo Story: Pineapples on the path of sustainability

Costa Rica is taking action to promote production and trade that is responsible, fair, and in line with practices protecting the environment, the community and the general public.

News: UNDP supports Costa Rica’s pineapple sector to take critical steps towards sustainability

One of the world’s biggest pineapple producing countries – Costa Rica – has officially adopted a widely endorsed action plan to tackle serious social and environmental concerns in this critical sector, worth US$ 800 million to the national economy.  Agrochemical run-off into water sources is a key issue that the...