Many agriculture challenges and barriers to sustainability are commonly experienced the world over. However, when it comes to exchanging lessons learned and ideas for solutions, industry and global policy makers can often dominate the global dialogue. This limits opportunities for participation from those at the front lines of commodity production: the farmers, producers, local scientists, development practitioners, regional communities and governments.
The Good Growth Solution
A limited exchange of experience and knowhow throughout the supply chain reduces our ability to understand and address the root causes of unsustainable production, scale-up and then replicate best practice. To begin to improve the flow of information and lessons learned throughout the supply chain, the Good Growth Partnership is rolling-out a long-term knowledge sharing strategy, which includes mobilizing the essential resources to enable exchange and lessons learned from the ground up.
Our Goals at a Glance
Number of commodity producing countries represented in the Green Communities Community of Practice.
Feature publication assessing the impacts of demand and transactions on sustainable production.
Number of annual users engaged with the Global Impacts Platform which will host a minimum of 150 research documents that provide evidence on the effectiveness of deforestation-free commitments and sustainability standards.
Green Commodities Community
Initially founded by the UNDP’s Green Commodities Programme, the Green Commodities Community supports the Good Growth Partnership’s integrated supply chain approach by focusing on providing a space to share knowledge and experience. Through facilitated learning exchange, seminars, guidance materials and other tools, the community enables participants to openly share stories, successes, failures, ideas, challenges and solutions with a view to perform their work more effectively.
The focus areas of facilitated dialogue and knowledge exchange are informed by the requests and needs of community practitioners. The community’s current program includes practical approaches to conducting multi-stakeholder dialogue, engaging the private sector, strengthening forest governance, developing effective national extension services and monitoring land use change.
A defining characteristic of the Green Commodities Community is our significant participation from major commodity producing nations. It is essential for lessons, knowledge and experience to be cultivated and shared by those on the ground, in regional and national governments and from the farmers themselves. Without these voices and experience, interventions for supply chain sustainability can be bias and one-sided, while invaluable wisdom from those who live and depend on the land is not always recognized.
Good Growth Conference
Every second year, the Green Commodities Community convenes at the Good Growth Conference to present findings and share experience between sectors and countries.
Typically organized by the UNDP with support from a host government, the Good Growth Conference strives to enrich perspectives and provide new insights among an array of supply chain actors including representatives from government, local authorities, youth, women’s and indigenous groups, technology experts, journalists and business leaders.
Beyond fostering new partnerships and knowledge exchange, the conference is designed to provide experiences that can transform the views and practices of key decision makers in the commodity sector.
The Partnership’s inaugural Good Growth Conference is slated to take place in Peru, February 2019.
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The Global Impacts Platform
Currently, there is a lot of focus on voluntary standards and ‘zero-deforestation’ commitments related to commodity supply chains. But how do these grand pledges and initiatives actually stack-up?
Information about the effectiveness of these voluntary standards and commitments are scarce and while they are being trialed and implemented across supply chains, decision makers remain in the dark. With so much at stake, there is keen interest to better understand the positive and negative, intended and unintended, impacts of these commitments, both in specific contexts and more broadly across landscapes, regions, and supply chains.
The Good Growth Partnership is supporting the establishment of the Global Impacts Platform, an initiative that is led by the ISEAL Alliance. This online depository of information will consolidate data, fill gaps in the evidence base and help to inform decision-making by synthesizing and communicating available information about sustainable production and voluntary sourcing initiatives and commitments. Slated for launch in mid-2019, the Global Impacts Platform is oriented to meet the needs of business leaders, policy makers, and researchers as they shape standards and sustainable supply chain interventions.