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.

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.

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.

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...

News: Costa Rica and Paraguay team up to achieve sustainable and low-carbon meat sectors

As appetite for meat and dairy products is rocketing, so is the evidence that the livestock industry is a major contributor to global warming. Over 15 percent of all green house gas (GHG) emissions are linked to animal digestion and manure decay, not to mention emissions from the manufacturing and transport of meat-packaged products.

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...