1 November 2023

The Africa Sustainable Commodities Initiative: lessons on the transition from the Africa Palm Oil Initiative

The Africa Sustainable Commodities Initiative: lessons on the transition from the Africa Palm Oil Initiative

This report outlines lessons learned from the APOI process, both from the initial setting up of the initiative and its institutionalisation in the 10 West and Central African countries. It also provides an assessment of where parties now stand and what is needed for the implementation of the full vision of the ASCI. Such lessons might be of use to other initiatives in other geographies as stakeholders work collectively towards the responsible sourcing and production of agricultural commodities, aiming for a global food system which benefits people, nature and climate.


Key lessons elaborated in this report:
LESSON 1: The need for government leadership and political will
LESSON 2: Creating an enabling environment
LESSON 3: Tailor the approach to each national context
LESSON 4: Building on existing platforms
LESSON 5: Change is constant – adaptation is key
LESSON 6: Facilitation and effective communication are key to building trust and consensus

Categories: APOI / Africa Sustainable Commodities Initiative Africa