April 2016

Welcome to the First Issue of Our Newsletter!

When the UNDP Green Commodities Programme (GCP) was launched in 2009, there was a growing awareness that no single group can meet the complex challenge of sustainable commodity production. Very early on, our focus became bringing stakeholders together at the national level to devise long-term plans for systematically meeting these challenges.

Since then, our programme has consistently grown. Today we are supporting 11 countries across Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific to transform the way seven high-value commodities are produced. With a focus on commodities with the potential to address rural poverty and mitigate negative environmental impacts, we aim to improve the lives of 8 million farmers managing 20 million hectares. 

Thank you for your increasing interest and support. We hope that you find this regular update on our latest activities and thinking useful. We also encourage you to follow us on twitter. Happy reading!

Major Sustainability Milestone Achieved in Costa Rica

Costa Rica officially adopted a widely endorsed Action Plan to tackle serious social and environmental concerns in the pineapple sector -- worth US$ 800 million to the economy. Facilitated by GCP, the Plan was endorsed by the President earlier this year and has buy-in from key stakeholders. 


Joint-Study Hailed as a Key Step towards Sustainable Palm Oil Cooperation in Indonesia

joint-study between the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil Standard (ISPO) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was officially released earlier this year, marking a milestone for closer and effective cooperation between Indonesian and global palm oil sustainability standards.


Opinion: Time to Move Beyond Supply Chains

It’s time collate our lessons learned through monitoring individual supply chains and put them into scalable action, says GCP's Kate Bottriell in our latest opinion piece.


Photo Essay: Spotlight on Women and Commodities

Research shows that given access to the same resources as men, women's agricultural productivity in developing countries could increase by 20-30 percent. Achieving sustainability in agricultural commodity production must involve closing this gender gap. In this beautiful photo essay, we invite you to meet some of the women working with GCP to do this in Ghana and Indonesia.

In the News
How did Costa Rica take a major step towards sustainable pineapple production? 
Costa Rican Ministers Edgar Gutierrez and Luis Felipe Arauz and UNDP Resident Representative Alice Harding Shackelford share their experience in this joint Opinion Editorial published by 
IPS and El Pais.
The Government of Switzerland, through its State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), announced new funding for GCP earlier this year. Their generous support will boost our work in the Indonesian palm oil sector. It will also help us to promote the first national coffee platform in Peru, providing a unique forum through which this US$ 1 billion sector can be transformed. 
Notable Mention
Greenpeace's latest 'palm oil scorecard' named the GCP-facilitated Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative in Indonesia as one of the "few industry-wide initiatives..(with) some potential to transform the palm oil sector".
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Andrew Bovarnick,
Global Head of the Green Commodities Programme

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