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July 2016

Push to Achieve Sustainable Soy Production In Paraguay Deepens with Cargill Backing 

Cargill, one of the world’s largest soy traders, is now backing Paraguay's first major multi-stakeholder dialogue aimed at improving how this commodity is produced in the world’s fourth largest soy producing country. The dialogue is taking place through the government-led National Commodity Platform for Soy and Beef. GCP was instrumental in setting-up the Platform in 2014 and continues to  provide technical assistance at the national level and in the department of Alto Paraná. The Platform brings together key stakeholders including the Ministry for Agriculture and Livestock, the Environment Secretariat and the National Forestry Institute, a number of local traders grouped under Paraguay´s Chamber for Cereal Processors and producers, the country’s leading financial institutions as well as universities, non-government organisation networks and indigenous groups. Through the Platform stakeholders are analysing and deciding on sustainability priorities for the soy sector. The goal is to develop a National Action Plan to improve soy production over the long-term. The Platform is part of the UNDP/ GEF supported Green Landscapes Project

New Plan Set to Boost Cocoa Farmers' Wellbeing in the Dominican Republic 

At the recent World Cocoa Conference in the Dominican Republic, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Ángel Estévez Bourdierd, promoted an innovative new 10-year National Action Plan. The Plan represents a shared vision and commitments by key stakeholders to move the country's entire cocoa sector forward. This means coordinated efforts to support the majority of small-scale farmers to boost their livelihoods, while also improving the wellbeing of cocoa growing communities. It also means reviewing policies and regulations so that the sector can grow sustainably. The Plan was devised through the government-led and GCP supported National Cocoa Platform. Listen to Leif Pedersen, GCP's Senior Commodities Adviser, explain more.


Small-Scale Palm Oil Farmers in Indonesia Are One Step Closer to National Certification

A cooperative of 500 oil palm farmers from the Sumatran province of Riau are on track to becoming the first independent farmers certified under the government of Indonesia’s Sustainable Palm Oil Standard (ISPO). They are part of a UNDP training pilot, which is expected to form a blueprint for scaling-up ISPO certification and increasing the capacity of the nation’s estimated two million smallholder farmers. The results will inform the government-led and GCP-supported Indonesia Palm Oil Platform as it drafts the framework for a National Action Plan for Sustainable Palm Oil, set to be finalised in 2018. 


As Our Work Grows, Explore GCP's New Interactive Map 

New Website 
GCP's new website is now live! It features resources, news and an interactive map enabling visitors to discover where, together with our growing number of partners, we are supporting sustainable agricultural commodity production.
Study Presented
As commercial agricultural gains momentum in resource-rich Papua New Guinea, a new study on sustainable approaches to commercial agriculture in the country was presented recently in Port Moresby. Among the key recommendations presented was the need for a national policy for sustainable palm oil to help guide future expansion. The full report will be available soon. 
New Global Effort
A major new global programme aimed at Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Supply Chains  is now in the final stages of design. The 45 million dollar programme is funded by the Global Environment Facility, led by UNDP, with partners including Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, UN Environment Programme and the International Finance Cooperation. It will focus specifically on introducing sustainability measures throughout commodity supply chains in key places of commodity production and demand. Watch GCP Global Head, Andrew Bovarnick, present the initiative at the 50th GEF Council Meeting. 
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Andrew Bovarnick,
Global Head of the Green Commodities Programme

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