National Commodity Platforms
This mechanism, pioneered by GCP brings government, private sector and civil society together to join forces to promote sustainable production and trade at the country level for a target commodity. The Platform creates a long-term neutral space where the stakeholders can align, take ownership and develop a joint concrete action plan necessary to transform the country commodity sector. It is structured to include all relevant stakeholders – from public, private, civil society and community sectors – with associated multi-stakeholder working groups that have technical expertise and propose coordinated actions to the wider stakeholder group. A steering committee for the Platform provides coordination and addresses any disputes to enable consensus-based decision-making. GCP supports the creation and the development of the Platform from consensus building to the definition of a National Action Plan for the commodity and then facilitates its implementation and monitoring.
Such mechanisms have been successfully implemented by GCP in Costa Rica for pineapple, in Ghana and the Dominican Republic for cocoa, in Indonesia for palm oil and in Ethiopia for coffee.