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.
In a landmark agreement signed by the Government of the Dominican Republic (GoDR), the National Cocoa Commission (NCC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Dominican Republic has committed to strengthening the sustainability of the cocoa sector, that directly employs 40,000 farmers and provides indirect employment to an additional 350,000 people across this Caribbean nation. More
[Source: The Guardian] Individual action, even by major players in the palm oil industry, cannot prevent large-scale destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests. Collaboration is key More
[Source: Mongabay] Executives from palm oil giants Wilmar, Cargill and Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) appeared at a green investment summit in Jakarta this week, providing a window into the nature of a high-profile, joint sustainability pact the companies have entered into together with Asian Agri, Musim Mas and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) More
Andrew Bovarnick, Global Head of UNDP’s Green Commodities Programme, addresses the role of trading in development in L’AGEFI, the leading Swiss daily. More
Indonesia government addresses deforestation challenges in its aim to double palm oil production by 2020
Indonesia’s government, including the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Forestry and Environment, held key palm oil sector talks this week in Jakarta with multinational companies, and associations representing thousands of farmers, to identify ways to increase smallholder palm oil productivity and eliminate deforestation from the country’s palm oil supply chain. More
Indonesia, the world’s top palm oil producer, has kicked off a UNDP-supported nationwide certification process to help palm oil smallholder farmers – who produce about 40% of the country’s palm oil - increase their productivity in a sustainable, environmentally responsible and legal manner. More
[Source: Bloomberg TV Indonesia] Interview of Andrew Bovarnick, global head of UNDP's Green Commodities Programme on Bloomberg TV Indonesia on the Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative.
[Source: Bloomberg] Andrew Bovarnick discusses UNDP's palm oil initiative in Asia. He speaks with Bloomberg's Rishaad Salamat on "Trending Business".