The project aims to strengthen national capacities to design and implement complementary trade and agricultural policies. The resulting studies examine the distributional and food security consequences of trade-led structural transformations in agriculture. The framework developed in the project looks at achieving higher integration of vulnerable groups that are dependent on agriculture into global value chains. If inclusive and sustainable, this integration will create new opportunities arising from commercialization and diversification in subsistence agriculture, particularly those stemming from the shift in farming from low-value staple crops to higher-value commodities, and crop diversification.
The project leverages UNCTAD expertise in non-tariff measures, voluntary sustainability standards, the trade-agriculture-gender nexus, biofuels and renewable energy, and pro-poor structural rural diversification through trade. It encompasses a scaling up process to deliver multiplier effects at a larger scale. It mobilizes the synergy of the expertise from within UNCTAD, and is linked to the program of work of ECLAC, ESCAP and ECA. Some project activities are implemented in close connection with FAO.
- Generate knowledge and build awareness and understanding of stakeholders on the social and environmental effects of trade-led structural transformation in agriculture;
- Increase capacities of policy-makers and other stakeholders to integrate the knowledge in trade policy planning and implementation, and to harness trade for inclusive and sustainable development in rural areas.
Relevance to the Sustainable Development Goals:
Fair trade enterprises spread benefits through value chains
Governments urged to promote businesses that practice fair trade to help tackle inequality, end poverty and save our planet.
Small producers need help to enter lucrative "green" markets
Behind-the-border measures shaping trade take centre stage
Report: Voluntary Sustainability Standards can drive trade
Vanuatu assesses its green export potential
Stakeholders from the coconut, cocoa and sandalwood sectors participated in a National Stakeholder Workshop sponsored by Vanuatu’s Department of Industry and UNCTAD to assess progress made to advance the development of these sectors and to officially launch two UNCTAD projects; one to construct a Market Information Service, and another to assist producers to achieve certification with Voluntary Sustainability Standards.
DonorsUN Development Account (10th Tranche)
Guatemala, Malawi, Vanuatu