Sustainable commodities can only be achieved if developing countries align their stakeholders behind a shared vision for the future of their commodity sectors, and engage and commit all actors in efforts to generate change.
As a neutral broker, the UNDP Green Commodities Programme helps forge such shared visions and facilitates a constructive dialogue between all partners. We do this by helping to build and facilitate multi-stakeholder dialouge, which often take the form of National Commodity Platforms.
Bringing Stakeholders Together To Transform Entire Sectors
Platforms are driven by the need for coordinated action by all commodity stakeholders around a common agenda. They bring together government officials, farmers, civil society groups and the private sector in a safe space to tackle the root causes limiting the sustainability of a particular sector by jointly devising:
- Clear public policies and legal frameworks
- Plans around land-use planning
- Effective ways of enforcing laws
- Finance and support that allows farmers to improve their production techniques.
All platforms we have helped set up are led and owned by government, driven by participants and enabled by UNDP through its country offices and its global Green Commodities Programme. A steering committee for the platform provides coordination and helps reach decisions by consensus. Committees also steer the drafting of National Action Plans. These important documents articulate all agreed courses of actions and help follow up and monitor implementation.
Platforms are currently fully operational in:
- Costa Rica for pineapple and fisheries
- Indonesia for palm oil
- Dominican Republic for cocoa
- Paraguay for soy and beef
- In Peru for coffee
We also train UNDP and government officials to help them lead and facilitate multi-stakeholder dialouge more effectively, though the Green Commodites Community. The curriculum includes:
- Private sector engagement
- Platform governance
- Root cause analysis
- Integration with REDD+