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.


01 Feb 2016: Twitter Chat Recap: #PartnersNow — COP21 is Over, Now What?

On February 1, Mondelēz International, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), World Resources Institute (WRI) and TriplePundit came together for a conversation about cross-sector partnerships and their importance post-COP21, at #PartnersNow. More

01 Jan 2016: Farmers adopt environmentally friendly practices to boost cocoa production in Ghana

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

23 Nov 2015: PNUD sugiere a República Dominicana apoyar a productores de cacao para aumentar exportación

[El Dinero] Expertos del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo recomendaron al gobierno dominicano apoyar a los pequeños y medianos productores de cacao para que ese sector pueda desarrollarse y aumentar su capacidad de producción, que se estima en 80,ooo toneladas métricas por año. More

03 Nov 2015: Launch of the Departmental Commodity Platform in Alto Paraná, Paraguay

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

23 Jul 2015: UNDP and Solidaridad partnership to improve palm oil sustainbility in Indonesian provinces

In an effort to improve sustainability within Indonesia’s palm oil supply chain, global not for profit Solidaridad and the UNDP announced in July a new partnership to support the launch of the Indonesia Palm Oil Platform (InPOP) in several key district provinces. More

INPOP in the Field: Improving Land Legality for Smallholders

[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

Mitigating the environmental damage caused by palm oil in Indonesia

[Source: Bloomberg] Andrew Bovarnick discusses UNDP's palm oil initiative in Asia. He speaks with Bloomberg's Rishaad Salamat on "Trending Business".

Paraguay: Gobernador aboga por el cumplimiento de las leyes ambientales

Con el Proyecto Paisajes de Producción Verde, Green Commodities, el gobierno demuestra que proteger la biodiversidad y las funciones de la eco-región del BosqueAtlántico del Alto Paraná frente a las amenazas existentes y emergentes de las prácticas de producción multi-sectorial (producción de soja y ganadera) es la consigna para generar prácticas de producción amigables con el medio ambiente.