Main Issue

More than 1.5 billion people depend directly on forests for their livelihoods, but about 7.6 million ha of tropical forest are lost every year — an area roughly the size of the Czech Republic. The loss of forests, and the accompanying loss of biodiversity, puts us in a downward spiral: apart from threatening the security and livelihoods of local communities, it reduces our access to clean water, decreases soil productivity and accounts for 12 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Read more+ Soy, beef and palm oil are used in a wide range of foods and goods that are consumed by billions of people around the world. They yield about US$92 billion a year to producers, many of whom are small-scale rural farmers. And they are also responsible for about 80 percent of tropical deforestation. Anticipated global economic growth and changing diets will strengthen the demand for agricultural commodities and place additional pressure on forests. The challenge is to develop business models that can manage sustainable commodity production, while also maintaining forests and important ecosystem services. To achieve this will require the combined efforts of governments, businesses, consumers and civil society organizations.

What We Do

In 2015, the GEF approved a five-year, US$45 million Integrated Pilot Program called Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Supply Chains which was rebranded the Good Growth Partnership (GGP) at the program’s launch in 2017. Instead of treating production-side and demand-side interventions as separate tracks, our approach makes them mutually supportive by enabling commercial transactions. By balancing the two forces of supply and demand, we can move faster toward sustainability.

The program offers a wide range of support along and across entire commodity value chains. It invests at supply chain points that can address specific barriers. And it also links successful, but isolated initiatives, so they can be replicated throughout the sector. Read more+


The program aims to bring 39 million hectares under sustainable land management and mitigate 66 million tons GHG emissions through its support for transformational shifts towards low-emission and resilient commodity production.

$45 million

To be invested in removing deforestation from commodity supply chains

39 million

Hectares of land to be sustainably managed

66 million

tCO2e emissions to be mitigated through more resilient supply chains

What's New

IUCN: Palm oil and biodiversity