REDD+ and Agricultural Supply Chains

Agriculture is the main driver of deforestation in many countries and therefore is intrinsically connected to REDD+. Public-private partnerships in and around supply chains can generate emission reductions from REDD+ while also helping developing countries improve the sustainability of their agricultural sectors. This Climate Focus study suggests that if these companies commit to making their supply chains more sustainable, they can lead a change in behavior faster than change led by end consumers. In other words, if these key companies change, others are likely to follow.

Sustainable supply chains can ensure that agricultural products are not responsible for deforesting or degrading valuable forests and that they are produced using climate-smart practices. Changes in supply chain practices can contribute to avoiding emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, sequestering carbon in soil, increasing local resilience to climate change, and increasing food security. This paper aims to explore these links between sustainable supply chains and systems that create incentives for REDD+.