Webinar 5 | Tropical commodities: challenges and opportunities of global value chains

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 explored the importance of a food systems perspective in shaping actionable interventions that benefit the sector, people’s livelihoods and environmental outcomes.

In this webinar we focused on the cases of cocoa and coffee. We explored 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? A food systems perspective was applied to discuss these questions.

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

  • Yuca Waarts, senior researcher sustainable value chains, Wageningen UR
  • Raymond Tumuhaire (and Maarten Onneweer), Aidenvironment Green Future Farming Project
  • Nico Janssen, programme manager Agricultural Livelihoods at IKEA Foundation

Here are the documents and the recording clips:

  • Introduction (youtube, 6m)

  • Interview Yuca Waarts on living income in the cocoa sector (25m)

  • Interview with Raymond Tumhaire and Maarten Onneweer, Aidenvironment (25m)

  • Reflection Nico Janssen, IKEA Foundation and Panel Discussion (5+40m)

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