Guidance Note: Agricultural Commodities: ensuring smallholder benefits, environmental sustainability and durable growth - A Guide for Practitioners Based on Country Experience

from UN Development Programme
Published on 31 Mar 2017 View Original


This Guidance Note takes stock of UNDP’s work in the agricultural commodities sector and provides case study examples that illustrate the variety of initiatives, programmes and projects that UNDP supports around the world.

This note focuses on UNDP’s experience with agricultural commodities in different countries that have generated the interest of the public and private sectors. These include widely traded commodities such as palm oil, timber, coffee and soy, as well as commodities traded on a smaller scale, such as vanilla, nuts, pineapple and shea. The box below provides definitions of key terms used in the note.
The note draws on examples and lessons learned from global, regional and national programmes led by UNDP and its partners.

These include the UNDP Green Commodities Programme (GCP); the private sector work of the Regional Programme for Africa (formerly known as the African Facility for Inclusive Markets); the Inclusive Trade for Sustainable Growth Programme; the Sustainable Extractives Programme; UNDP-Global Environment Facility (GEF) programmes; the UNDP-UNEP-ILO-UNIDO-UNITAR Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and other green economy initiatives; the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI); the Alliance for Marine Biodiversity; and other country programmes on poverty reduction and inclusive growth.

This Guidance Note presents UNDP’s conceptual framework and key intervention areas in the agricultural commodities sector. UNDP work in this area is designed to address the linked topics of environmental sustainability, social well-being, and durable economic growth (hereafter referred together as ‘sustainability’) in the production, processing and trade of agricultural commodities. The note provides case studies to illustrate non-prescriptive policy, programming and partnership options for adapting to country context, as well as successful results achieved in four intervention areas.