Green Commodities Programme
Why the Green Commodities Programme?
Agricultural commodities are the bedrock of most rural developing economies, contributing to livelihoods, food security and poverty reduction. Yet agricultural production - the vast majority of which is carried out by smallholders - is threatened by climate change, water scarcity, competition for arable land and ecosystem degradation.
In fact, the largest driver of deforestation is the production of agricultural commodities, such as palm oil, beef, soy, cocoa and coffee. In addition, poor farming practices and a lack of investment in the sector mean that sustainable and equitable development for farmers remains elusive.
What is the Green Commodities Programme?
In response, UNDP established the Green Commodities Programme (GCP) in 2009 to improve the national economic, social and environmental performance of agricultural commodity sectors. GCP works to improve rural livelihoods, mitigate climate change, and maintain the ecosystem services and resilience of landscapes and seascapes.
By targeting agricultural commodities that have high economic and political national relevance and are part of aggregated supply chains, GCP optimizes the potential of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to support long-term sustainable change.
What does the Green Commodities Programme aim to achieve?
GCP partners with the UN, government, private sector and civil society to strengthen the national enabling environments of these key agricultural commodity sectors by promoting:
- Improved national and sub-national extension systems
- Policy/legislation reform and enforcement in agricultural land use
- Improved economic incentives for sustainable production
- Intra- and inter-sector coordination
In recognition of the importance of global agricultural commodities and their cross-cutting impact on the Sustainable Development Goals, GCP aims by 2020 to contribute to enabling eight million farmers, managing 20 million hectares, to improve the sustainability of their practices and their livelihoods.
How will the Green Commodities Programme achieve its goals?
UNDP is seen as a neutral broker and a leader in delivering multi-stakeholder collaboration. As such, key GCP strategies include:
- National Commodity Platforms (NCPs) – to institutionalize the long-term sustainability performance of agricultural commodities at a national level;
- National PPPs – to address the root causes of the negative environmental, social and economic impacts of commodities;
- Technical services – to provide global technical advice related to policy reform, national extensions systems, agricultural commodity supply chains and REDD+;
- Learning from action – to broker knowledge sharing opportunities between UNDP practitioners aiming to improve agricultural commodity supply chains worldwide;
- Global engagement and dialogue – to develop key relationships with partners, especially the private sector and governments.
As part of its work through the Green Commodities Programme, UNDP is bringing together government, big business, small-scale farmers and other stakeholders to address deep-rooted sustainability issues in key commodity sectors in ten countries, including Indonesia and Ghana. And success involves closing the gender gap. More
It’s time collate our lessons learned through monitoring individual supply chains and put them into scalable action, says GCP's Kate Bottriell in our latest opinion piece. More
Cocoa farmers in Ghana can now turn to sustainable, climate smart farming practices to boost cocoa production in the country, thanks to their increased understanding of its benefits. Cocoa, which is the main source of income for more than 800,000 smallholder farmers in Ghana, is also a major foreign exchange earner for the country. More
En el marco del Proyecto Paisajes de Producción Verde Commodities Sustentables se realizó este viernes 30 de octubre el Lanzamiento Oficial de la Plataforma Departamental de Commodities de Alto Paraná. La plataforma departamental constituye un mecanismo de convocatoria y coordinación entre el sector público y privado para promover la producción sustentable. More
3 March 2016: 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.
17 Feb 2016: Facilitated by UNDP, the study on “Similarities and Differences of the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil Standard (ISPO) and the Roundatable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Certification Systems” represents an important move toward streamlining the certification process within the Indonesian palm oil sector.
In The News
8 March 2016
13 May 2015
Mondelez Cocoa Life Interview with Andrew Bovarnick, Global Head of UNDP's Green Commodities Programme
[Source: Mondelez Cocoa Life] Mondelez' Cocoa Life External Advisory Council is formed by leading experts from outside the business. They advise on developing Cocoa Life and oversee implementation of the cocoa origin programs. In November 2015, Andrew Bovarnick visited Cocoa Life communities in Ghana along with other external advisors.
[Source: Bloomberg] Andrew Bovarnick discusses UNDP's palm oil initiative in Asia. He speaks with Bloomberg's Rishaad Salamat on "Trending Business".
[Source: The Indonesian Palm Oil Platform, INPOP] Interview of Kate Bottriell, Global Partnership Advisor of UNDP Green Commodities Programme, on the INPOP multi-stakholder Riau mission