Traceability and Transparency in Supply Chains for Agricultural and Forest Commodities

Sectors and Themes
Forestry and Other Land Use
Expertise Level
Resource Type
Guidance and Frameworks
Developer or Source
World Resources Institute (WRI)

Traceability and transparency in supply chains are necessary to understand the impact of commodities on forests, and to support the design, implementation, monitoring of effective solutions to address forest loss, and help make agricultural production and food systems more sustainable. This report discusses success factors and enabling conditions to improve resource use and reduce forest loss, providing an updated evidence base to inform and advance collaborative discussions and actions on traceability and transparency.

Close to 90 percent of forest loss is associated with expansion of agriculture, resulting in an urgent need for better solutions to identify and help manage the risk of forest loss associated with commodity supply chains. Traceability and transparency are increasingly called on to help halt and reverse forest loss.

The Traceability and Transparency in Supply Chains for Agricultural and Forest Commodities Report shows that despite the rapid progress seen to date in developing traceability and transparency solutions, key challenges and data gaps remain. It also examines what is needed to ensure that initiatives, tools and policies are set up for success.

The report aims to inform collaborative action among governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations that are working toward enhancing traceability and transparency. It focuses on seven commodities: cattle, palm oil, soy, cocoa, timber, coffee, and rubber, but also offers insights applicable to other commodities.

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