How to increase agricultural productivity while maintaining sustainable commodity production

The Green Commodities Programme – a UN Development Programme addressing the sustainability problems of vital commodities such as palm oil, cocoa, coffee, pineapple, fisheries, soy and beef.
www.greencommodities.org

Contact: Simon Cooper
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Problem:
Agricultural production accounts for almost 80% of tropical deforestation – in future a growing global population, rising incomes and changing diets will continue to increase demand for agricultural commodities and put more pressure on the planet’s finite natural resources. Addressing commodity production as a main driver of forest loss responds directly to both Goals 12 and 15 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Action taken:
The Green Commodities Programme (GCP) is UNDP’s multi-stakeholder approach to systemic change to addressing the sustainability challenges of highly-traded commodities. The Green Commodities Programme works to support governments in taking the lead to create national environments where sustainable commodity sectors can grow. GCP is currently working on palm oil, cocoa, coffee, beef, soy, pineapple and fisheries in Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Impact?
GCP has 10 years of expertise in multi-stakeholder approaches to systemic change for sustainable commodity production. We accelerate change by developing, with governments, national-level policy which we connect to actions on the ground at district and landscape level. Our world is a complex system: GCP’s holistic approach brings together all the elements for real and lasting change.

Specific case study to illustrate impact?
In 2018 Peru launched the National Coffee Action Plan 2018 – 2030 with the aim of developing the coffee sector’s growth through increased productivity based on sustainable production systems. The plan also seeks to maintain consistent coffee quality and to facilitate producers’ access to appropriate financial services, improve positioning and commercialization of Peruvian coffee within national and international markets and increase the well-being of the 223,000 farmer families that depend on this crop.

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