Green Commodities Programme

"It always seems impossible until its done"

Nelson Mandela


UNDP established the Green Commodities Programme (GCP) in 2009, as a small unit within UNDP’s global network to transform agricultural production and trade around the world through multi-stakeholder collaboration and the establishment of effective national enabling environments in producer countries.

Agricultural commodities are the engine of economic growth in rural areas of emerging markets (where 70% of the world’s poor live). Agricultural commodities account for 10% of developing countries’ gross domestic products.

It is broadly recognized that innovative strategies are needed in order to implement improved agricultural practices, increase supply chain efficiencies, combat poverty, maintain ecosystem services and biodiversity, strengthen rural economic development and ensure the long-term supply of commodities to global markets.

UNDP's Green Commodities Programme (GCP) combines public and private sector efforts to transform a commodity sector. GCP is a neutral broker with strong technical expertise, bringing together the various stakeholders of the targeted commodity sector at country level to address underlying structural problems.  GCF focuses on highly traded commodities with substantial environmental and social impacts. It has initiated programs on beef, cocoa, coffee, beef and dairy, palm oil, pineapple and soy.


In focus

The first plenary session of the Ghana Cocoa Platform was held last week in Accra. The Platform has been created to enhance public-private dialogue and joint action planning to support the scale up of sustainable production in the cocoa sector. More

Deforestation-free supply chains

Andrew Bovarnick, Global head of UNDP's Green Commodities Programme, moderates an interesting session at the Oslo REDD Exchange 2013 about "voluntary efforts to remove deforestation form supply chains" More

Unifying palm oil certification

The agreement signed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) earlier this month is strategic for promoting sustainable palm oil because their cooperation is designed to eventually unify the certification of sustainable palm oil, thereby removing confusion, economizing physical resources and reducing costs. More

Dominican Republic: Sustainable Cocoa Livelihoods

The government of Dominican Republic, supported by UNDP and Mondelez, are launching a National Cocoa Platform to improve the livelihoods of smallholder producers by increasing economic opportunities and development in areas of the country where cocoa is produced, while improving environmental performance of this activity More

Costa Rica: The National Platform for Responsible Production and Trade of Pineapple

The Platform has produced a National Action Plan for responsible pineapple which is now ready for implementation. More

workshop of GEF project in Honduras More

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