Facilitating a public–private initiative
TFA 2020 | 2014 — ongoing
Momentum is building internationally to reduce tropical deforestation associated with the production of agricultural commodities like palm oil, soy, beef, and pulp and paper. Together these are estimated to account for more than half of all tropical deforestation worldwide.
In 2014, the TFA 2020 established its first Signature Initiative: the Action Plan on Oil Palm Development in Africa, coordinated by Proforest. Initially targeting six countries – Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria – it focuses on palm oil supply chains in West and Central Africa.
In July 2014, the TFA Partners asked Proforest to coordinate the development of the Signature Initiative, in recognition of our wide experience in the sector and region. The Signature Initiative will implement a process to develop and agree a generic set of principles that will guide palm oil development in the region, as well as action plans at the national level. Proforest’s role is to lead and oversee this process, to harmonise processes at a regional level and to report to the steering group and TFA 2020 partners.
The inaugural planning meeting for the initiative was held in early September 2014, hosted in London by Unilever and The Prince’s Charities. Representatives of several African governments (Gabon, Ghana, Cameroon, Liberia), business and donor governments committed their support for the initiative and agreed a set of key outcomes and the governance structure.
The Action Plan on Oil Palm Development in Africa aims to:
- Build a partnership between governments and the private sector, supported by civil society, to agree and implement a set of principles for responsible practice across the palm oil sector.
- Help develop the enabling conditions for implementing the principles.
- Support companies to implement sustainable practices.
- Support improved smallholder production of palm oil and support their livelihoods.