Green Commodities Programme


UNDP established the Green Commodities Programme (GCP) in 2009, with the mission 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 they account for 10% of gross domestic products. However, 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 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.  GCP focuses on highly traded commodities with substantial environmental and social impacts. It has initiated programs on palm oil, pineapple, cocoa, coffee, soy, beef and dairy.


Multinationals cannot prevent palm oil deforestation on their own

[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

Palm giants ask Indonesian government to clear path toward sustainability

[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

AGEFI Special Edition on Commodities. Andrew Bovarnick, UNDP on The Role of Trading in Development

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 kicks off scheme for palm oil farmers to meet new sustainability standards

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

Promoting South-South cooperation for the establishment of a National Coffee Platform in Ethiopia

A high level Ethiopian government delegation, accompanied by UNDP representatives, traveled to Costa Rica and Guatemala on a study tour to take lessons from these countries' experiences around national commodity platforms for major export items. More

Ghana Cocoa Board partners Ghana Cocoa Platform to organize consultation session with cocoa farmers

The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) in partnership with Ghana Cocoa Platform (GCP) has organized consultation sessions with cocoa farmers across the seven cocoa growing regions in the country to solicit for their views and commitments towards sustainable cocoa production. More

In Costa Rica, promoting responsible pineapple production

In a rural community in the north of Costa Rica, a woman affectionately called “Blanquita” by her coworkers leads a planting team of the Flor Agroindustrias, a business dedicated to pineapple production. Four years ago, they began a process of organizational transformation to implement strategies for socially and environmentally responsible production. More

Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative

[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.   

Mitigating the environmental damage caused by palm oil

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