Green Commodities Programme

"It always seems impossible until its done"

Nelson Mandela


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.



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

In Focus
Live Chat: Encouraging financial markets to engage in natural capital

[Source: The Guardian] A group of cross-sector experts from the worlds business, finance, foundations, NGOs and institutions have been brought together to come up with solutions for how to encourage the financial markets to become champion of nature.

Video: Deforestation-free supply chains

[Source: Norad] Watch the video of the session on voluntary efforts to remove deforestation from supply chain. This session was moderated by Andrew Bovarnick, global head of the Green Commodities Programme, during the Oslo REDD Exchange 2013.