The Good Growth Partnership joins the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration (FOLUR) Impact Program

The Good Growth Partnership joins the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration (FOLUR) Impact Program to help build a world where producing food creates sustainable environmental benefits and flourishing landscapes. 

The World Bank (WB), leader of the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration (FOLUR) Impact Program  Global Platform, has appointed the Good Growth Partnership to bring its assets, experience and network to support the work of the new Platform.

FOLUR is a $345 million initiative supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that seeks to transform the global food system by promoting sustainable, integrated landscapes and efficient commodity value chains. The Impact Program consists of a Global Platform providing support services to  27 Country Projects targeting the production landscapes of eight commodities: beef, cocoa, corn, coffee, palm oil, rice, soy, and wheat.

The FOLUR Global Platform is organized around 3 Pillars of activity. GGP participates in all 3 in close coordination with the other Global Platform core partners alongside the WB: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Food and Land Use (FOLU) coalition and the Global Landscape Forum (GLF).

In Pillar A – Program Capacity Strengthening – GGP will contribute to the training agenda by conducting a Training Needs Assessment (with FAO), which will help tailor its capacity strengthening offer to Country Project teams and stakeholders, including in relation to effective Multistakeholder Collaboration, Private Sector Engagement, farmer support systems strengthening, and Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women. GGP’s existing learning community, the Green Commodities Community, will expand to include Country Projects and the Global Platform with up to 60 virtual learning events scheduled.

In Pillar B – Policy and Value Chain Engagement – GGP’s expertise in private sector and finance sector advocacy and engagement will be to the fore. Training on sustainable sourcing operational guidance based on the Accountability Framework will be provided for companies wishing to raise their game. And, working in consultation with other Global Platform core partners, GGP will encourage  the adoption of responsible investment practices in domestic banks, central banks, investors and trade finance specialists.

In Pillar C – Strategic Knowledge Management and Communications – UNDP’s collaborative digital learning platform will expand to cover FOLUR subjects, ISEAL’s Evidensia platform (a GGP Partner) will service the research and knowledge base needs of FOLUR stakeholders, and new knowledge products and case studies will be originated from Country Projects covering a range of innovations and success stories.

GGP Global Project Manager Pascale Bonzom said:

“By using GGP’s four years of experience, we can hit the ground running with the FOLUR Global Platform. We bring our already developed partnerships, commodity value chain engagements, community of practice, and tools and knowledge products to this new work. We’re delighted to be taking everything we’ve learned in the first phase of GGP to the wider FOLUR community.”