The value chains for different internationally traded commodities like soy, palm oil and sugar extend from the production areas in developing countries to consumers in Europe, the USA and other economically more developed areas. There is increasing awareness that all the stakeholders in these international chains need to live a socially and economically decent life. Roundtables could be promising and useful instruments for making this possible, but up to now they have faced two major challenges:
(1) how to stop deforestation due to the extension of the commodity production areas, and
(2) how to resolve land tenure and land rights issues, especially involving indigenous peoples.
This report describes the situation in Paraguay (soy), Kalimantan in Indonesia (oil palm), Liberia (oil palm) and Brazil (sugarcane). It describes several approaches for dealing with deforestation and land tenure issues with the involvement of relevant stakeholders, especially in the production areas, and including the roundtables.
Author: Arend Jan van Bodegom
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