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  • National Govts Lead Effort to Put Sustainability at Heart of Supply Chains
    Oct 2, 2017

    As more countries seek to meet market demand for sustainable agriculture, leadership from key players in national governments is being recognized as essential in the shift toward the large-scale transformation of major commodity sectors.

  • Major Players Get Ready to Put Sustainability at the Heart of Global Commodity Supply Chains
    Aug 29, 2017

    With the production of soy, beef and palm oil now representing a significant driver of tropical deforestation, some of the world’s largest conservation, development and finance organizations as well as producer countries are set to launch an innovative partnership in New York next week.

  • Have Your Say on Making Indonesian Palm Oil Sustainable
    Jul 20, 2017

    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.

  • Supporting Forest-friendly Cocoa in Côte d'Ivoire
    Jul 19, 2017

    Cote d'ivoire has one of the world's fastest deforestation rates, increasingly driven by unsustainable commodities. Together Cocoa Life and UNDP GCP have put forward key recommendations in a joint discussion paper released today. Read a conversation about the paper between UNDP and Cocoa Life.

  • Peru’s Perfect Brew for Positive Change Across the Coffee Sector
    Jul 10, 2017

    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. Poverty is widespread among the 223,000 small farming families who grow and pack most of Peru’s sought-after coffee beans. The industry’s competitive growth is also lagging and it is increasingly driving deforestation across the globally significant Amazon basin.

  • A Revised Law Sparks New Hope for Restoring Paraguay’s Biodiversity
    Jun 12, 2017

    Despite existing laws, Paraguay has consistently had one of the world’s highest rates of deforestation and today only 10 per cent of the country’s primary forests remain. Agricultural expansion, especially for the production of soy and beef, has largely driven deforestation across the country. But, there is cause for optimism as 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.

  • Costa Rica Scores Major Environmental Win with Launch of World-First Land Use Monitoring System
    May 25, 2017

    Costa Rica scored a major win against illegal deforestation from agro-commodity production earlier this week 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
    Mar 15, 2017

    With the aim of achieving net zero deforestation by 2020, the Government of Ecuador is drawing on resources from both the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to reinforce existing government initiatives aimed at addressing deforestation in the Amazon Basin, a critical bulwark against climate change.

  • Cocoa Farmers Learn Sustainable Environmental Practices
    Jun 24, 2016

    UNDP and Mondelez-Cocoa Life are playing a significant role in the Ghanaian Cocoa sector by contributing to enhance the capacity of Extension workers on sustainable environmental practices

  • Costa Rica and Paraguay team up to achieve sustainable and low-carbon meat sectors
    Jun 23, 2016

    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 GHG emissions are linked to animal digestion and manure decay, not to mention emissions from the manufacturing and transport of meat-packaged products.