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Photo Story: Meet the Peruvian Families Growing Coffee in Harmony with the Forest

A coffee in harmony with the forests is possible in Peru. This grain - which grows in the heart of the Amazon - is the main export crop of the country, the livelihood of more than 220,000 families of small producers and, if it is cultivated in a sustainable way, an ally in the conservation of ecosystems. Meet some of the Peruvian families who are already working for a more sustainable coffee (photo story in Spanish).

Sustainable Fisheries Catches Momentum in Costa Rica

Just one year after launching the world’s first National Fisheries Platform, with GCP support, Costa Rica is making important headway towards creating a sustainable long-line industry for fishing large pelagics – such as tuna, swordfish and mahi-mahi.

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Indonesia Hosts the Green Commodities Community

More than 70 professionals from 11 countries working across 7 commodities met in Indonesia last month as part of the Green Commodities Community. Set-up by GCP in 2014, this Community - including representatives from government, the private sector and civil society - comes together face-to-face annually to share their growing knowledge and experience on addressing the sustainability challenges of palm oil, cocoa, coffee, pineapple, fisheries, soy and beef. 

Climate change: could sustainable agriculture be the silver bullet we are looking for?

Agriculture has become one of the greatest threats to the future of our planet. But, there is a better way, writes UNDP Assistant Administrator Magdy Martínez-Solimán for Reuters following the launch of the Good Growth Partnership. It will require new economic incentives, major investment into innovation, supply chain transparency and efficiency.

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Major Players Join Forces to Place Sustainability at the Heart of Global Commodity Supply Chains

United Nations, New York, September 6 — In an effort to enable sustainable agriculture and reduce deforestation, some of the world’s largest conservation, development and finance organizations, as well as government representatives from major producer countries, gathered at the United Nations in New York today to launch the Good Growth Partnership.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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...