With a rising population, rapid economic growth and changes in our diets, the amount of food we need has reached a record peak. This is taking a toll on our planet and on poor smallholder farmers in developing countries who produce most of the world's agro-commodity crops. Momentum is building to address major concerns – from environmental degradation to widespread poverty – which have hindered sustainability in key commodity sectors industry.
Across the industry, from traders to governments, commodity stakeholders are signing on to global commitments for positive change. But, efforts in producer countries are hampered by poor coordination and a critical need for governing environments that enable lasting and widespread transformation.
Managed sustainably, commodity production has the potential to become a powerful engine for rural development in producer countries. But, there is a long way to go before they can provide sustainable livelihoods for the farming families of today and tomorrow.
As a trusted development partner, with a presence on the ground in more than 170 countries, UNDP helps turn agricultural and marine commodity sectors into drivers of positive human development and environmental protection. UNDP’s Green Commodities Programme works with governments, farmers, companies, civil society and other stakeholders to build a shared vision for national commodity sectors, and a joint commitment to action.
Launched in 2009, today we work in twelve countries to help address the sustainability challenges of vital commodities such as palm oil, cocoa, coffee, pineapple, cashmere, fisheries, soy and beef, focusing specifically on: