On the eve of the IPPC's call to action, leaders from major food brands and commodity traders convened to discuss how to better align international efforts to tackle deforestation.
This global initiative focuses on how to increase the effectiveness of private sector collaboration with national governments in developing countries to help build the enabling conditions for the sustainable production of major agricultural commodity crops driving deforestation.
National and sub-national governments are a crucial part of the picture, but they have often been left out of private sector approaches to addressing deforestation and developing sustainable agricultural practice. But there can’t be no long-term solution to the challenge of deforestation and the development of a sustainable agricultural sector in producer countries without effective land use governance. Moreover, deforestation cannot be solved through linear approaches. Instead, deforestation is a complex issue that has multiple root causes, no simple solutions and requires action on multiple fronts by multiple players.
Companies currently invest significant resources into supply chain management approaches, but relatively little into effective cross-sector collaboration with producer governments. This means that the most essential ingredient of any long-term solution is being comparatively neglected. Since it is also the hardest and most intractable part of the puzzle to solve, an injection of greater resources into addressing governance and the enabling conditions for sustainable production is urgently needed.
Value Beyond Value Chains is GCP’s response to address these issues. Through the promotion of comprehensive guidelines for the private sector, we aim at:
- Shifting mindsets, influencing the private sector to take more systemic approaches.
- Providing practical guidelines and concrete steps for companies on how to influence the enabling conditions for sustainable production.
- Catalyse more systemic public-private sector partnerships in key hotspot countries.
GCP also uses VBV as an opportunity to reflect on and learn how to improve public-private collaboration, specially through National Commodity Platforms.
For more information, contact UNDP GCP's Senior Partnership Adviser Charles O’Malley.