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.

 

Highlights

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

First Plenary Session of the Ghana Cocoa Platform

The first plenary session of the Ghana Cocoa Platform was held in November in Accra. The Platform has been created to enhance public-private dialogue and joint action planning to support the scale up of sustainable production in the cocoa sector. More

Unifying palm oil certification in Indonesia

UNDP supported the signature of an agreement between the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). This is a strategic step as their cooperation is designed to eventually unify the certification of sustainable palm oil in Indonesia, thereby removing confusion, economizing physical resources and reducing costs. More

Implementing the Action Plan for Strengthening Responsible Production and Trade of Pineapple in Costa Rica

Following a two-year multi-stakeholder dialogue related to identifying potential solutions in reducing externalities associated with pineapple production, the National Platform has produced a final version of the Action Plan for Strengthening Responsible Production and Trade of Pineapple 2013-2017 which is now being implemented. 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.