Webinar series # 5 | Tropical commodities to boost food systems transformation

The production and trade of international commodities, such as coffee and cocoa, are critical sectors of employment in producing countries and satisfy the demand for these popular products in consuming countries. This webinar will explore the importance of a food systems perspective in shaping actionable interventions that benefit the sector, people’s livelihoods and environmental outcomes.

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12 May 2022
Netherlands Food Partnership | Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation
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13h - 15h CET


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Tropical commodities like cocoa and coffee are important global value chains that connect between producing countries and consumer countries. However, in many cases the value of raw produce in producing countries is significantly lower than the value of the finished products in consuming countries. In addition to the economic issues, tropical commodities are also associated with issues such as deforestation and child labour.

In this webinar we focus on the cases of cocoa and coffee. We will explore some fundamental questions relating to the production, processing and consumption of tropical commodities. How can we make sure that these popular products do not cause negative effects in the countries that produce them? How can we make sure farmers that produce the raw materials for these products do not live below poverty levels? And finally: who should take the responsibility in shaping interventions that work: companies, traders, governments or consumers? Does a food systems lense help

In this webinar, we have invited three experts for interviews and a panel discussion.

  • Yuca Waarts, senior researcher sustainable value chains, Wageningen UR
  • Nico Janssen, programme manager Agricultural Livelihoods at IKEA Foundation
  • James Kisekka, team leader at Aidenvironment for the Green Future Farming Programme

You can register for this webinar via this registration link. By Monday 9 May, we will circulate instructions how to join this webinar to registered participants. This webinar on tropical commodities is held on Thursday May 12, 2022 from 13h to 15h CET

This webinar is part of a series. NFP and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) are co-organising the ‘Putting Food Systems Thinking into Sector Practice’ series of webinars for agrifood practitioners, who are actively interested in taking action towards achieving concrete positive food systems results. You can read more about the series here


Wim Goris

Wim Goris

Netherlands Food Partnership