Tropical Forest Alliance

  • The Tropical Forest Alliance a global public-private partnership dedicated to tackle the drivers of deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp.
  • The Tropical Forest Alliance was founded in 2012 at Rio+20 after the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) committed to zero net deforestation by 2020 for palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp supply chains in 2010.
  • The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) — an alliance of 400 companies including retailers, manufacturers and service providers across 70 countries — pledged in 2012 to achieve ‘zero net deforestation’ by 2020.
  • Even the finance sector has recognised the risks with 12 international banks joining with the CGF to form a ‘Soft Commodities Compact’ in 2013 to support a 2020 target for zero net deforestation in supply chains. 
  • TFA fosters cross-sector collaboration and involves working across Latin America, West and Central Africa and Southeast Asia to implement these commitments.
  • TFA is funded by the governments of Norway, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, Germany, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and hosted at the World Economic Forum.  
  • Among others, it aims to drive 10 priority actions to reduce tropical deforestation from global agricultural supply chains, as defined in the Commodities and Forests Agenda 2020.

Commodities and Forests Agenda 2020

  1. The Commodities and Forests Agenda 2020 summarizes the areas in which most urgent action is needed to eliminate deforestation from global agricultural supply chains.

    10 Priority Actions:
  2. Eliminating illegality from supply chains
  3. Growing and strengthening palm oil certification
  4. Scaling up pilot programmes of sustainable intensification of cattle grazing
  5. Sustainably increasing smallholder yields in palm oil and cocoa
  6. Achieving sustainable soy production
  7. Accelerating the implementation of jurisdictional programmes
  8. Addressing land conflicts, tenure security and land rights
  9. Mobilizing demand for deforestation- free commodities in emerging markets
  10. Redirecting finance towards deforestation-free supply chains
  11. Improving the quality and availability of deforestation and supply chain data

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