Coffee is Peru’s leading agricultural export product, accounting for approximately 25 % of agricultural export revenues. 215,000 families depend on coffee production for their livelihoods. The sector faces a number of challenges such as low yields due to poor production practices, low incomes for farmers and high level of encroachment in forests to expand production. Limited institutional capacity is also hampering the sustainable growth of this vital sector. In partnership with the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the Green Commodities Programme is supporting the Peruvian Government to set up a Coffee National Platform that will bring together stakeholders to design a national response.
Sustainable Palm Oil
The rapid expansion of palm oil cultivation could soon be the main cause of deforestation in Peru.
Mostly produced by some 7,000 small holders, palm oil production performs well below it´s possibilities due to low investments in the farms and poor agricultural practices. For example, in 2014, Peru exported 52,000 metric tonnes of palm oil, yet production was considered to be 36% below its potential.
The Green Commodities Programme is working with the Peruvian Government to support their efforts to regulate this fast growing sector and ensure that production expands into approved areas. Still in its initial phases, a key part of this work to date has involved identifying the drivers of the unsustainable practices through an extensive root cause analysis involving:
- An assessment of the policies and institutional conditions that enable deforestation from palm oil production
- An analysis of the public financial and economic incentives enabling palm production in the country conducted in partnership with the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative.
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