The first global data report on fast-growing voluntary sustainability standards outlines the share of bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, forestry, palm oil, soybeans, cane sugar and tea in 14 major standards. The report is based on a partnership between the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) and ITC, and is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).
Stronger ties between African cotton producers/ginners and Asian buyers can improve the market positioning of African cotton.The African-Asian cotton trade has great potential. This study examines African challenges to improve along the value chain to meet Asia’s growing demand. It reviews ITC strategies to address these issues, and recommends what can be done to develop partnerships between African cotton producers and ginners and cotton consuming spinning mills in export markets in Asia.
Paper focusing on the contribution of the coffee value chain to climate change and the effects of climate change on global coffee production with particular reference to smallholder coffee producers in developing and least developed countries – reviews the opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the coffee industry; provides examples of individual initiatives to reduce product carbon footprints and the opportunities for mainstreaming these in the coffee value chain; critically assesses the relevance of carbon credit markets for smallholder farmers; highlights the
Climate change is reducing the competitiveness of agricultural exports from developing countries as far apart as Peru and Uganda, according to an ITC survey of agri-food exporters in these countries.The exporters call on their governments to integrate climate change into long-term, sector-specific policies and investment strategies.
The halal food sector is estimated to be a trillion-dollar global market, based on the preferences of an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims around the world.This publication is the first to provide an overview of the global halal food and beverage market. It contains trade data, outlines consumer trends, and explores how trade and investment support institutions (TISIs) can promote a national halal industry. It also shows avenues for collaboration between ITC and the Islamic Development Bank to help TISIs develop national potential in this fast-evolving market.
Countries have room for export growth in non-traditional markets, according to an ITC assessment of 64 developing countries’ export opportunities in European, South-South and regional markets.