A Voluntary Sustainability Standards Guidebook for Vanilla in Papua New Guinea

This report offers an overview of Voluntary Sustainability Standards and their potential impact on the vanilla industry in Papua New Guinea.

Voluntary Sustainability Standards, encompassing certifications and standards for sustainable commodity production, can contribute to the promotion of sustainable practices and enhance market access, potentially boosting profits and incomes, especially for farmers.

The initial section of the report focuses on vanilla as a commodity, discussing the various types cultivated globally, their quality standards, trade flows, and the market’s volatility.

It then introduces Voluntary Sustainability Standards, exploring their significance and potential benefits not only to the vanilla industry but also to the broader agricultural sector.

This section emphasizes the growing influence of health-conscious, environmentally and socially aware consumers worldwide, alongside governments’ increasing incorporation of sustainability into legislation. These developments necessitate adaptation by farmers and others in the vanilla value chain.

Further, the report provides an overview of Papua New Guinea’s vanilla sector and its value chain, highlighting how VSS pose both challenges and opportunities.

The final section offers recommendations for the government and private sector to enhance the competitiveness, attractiveness, and sustainability of Papua New Guinea’s vanilla industry.

It emphasizes the role of smallholder farmers, underscoring that strengthening the sector can lead to more inclusive growth.