What is the National Platform for Responsible Production and Trade of Pineapple in Costa Rica?
The National Platform for Responsible Production and Trade of Pineapple in Costa Rica is a space for dialogue and coordination implemented by the Second Vice President of the Republic, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Farming, and Ministry of Environment and Energy. It has support from the United Nations Development Programme in Costa Rica, the Inter-church Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH).
It seeks to promote the participation of all stakeholders involved in the production and trade of pineapple in our country, through a process of dialogue and development of inter-institutional and inter-sector proposals aimed at improving productive performance, relationship with communities, workers and the environment throughout the agricultural chain of pineapple production, ranging from cultivation to the end consumer.
What the origin of the project?
The platform originated in the concern of the Government of Costa Rica about local, national and international denunciations against the pineapple sector. These complaints are related to the adverse impacts of pineapple production in the country. They include effects on soil, forests and wildlife; agrochemical pollution of drinking water sources; alleged irregularities in labor recruitment; restrictions to freedom of association in some plantations; non-compliance of some producers with requirements and procedures for the establishment of farms, among others, as well as negative effect on the country label and also the demands by different sectors for greater control by the State.
How is the project structured?
The project was designed based on the results of the analysis of the situation developed by the team of Green Commodities Programme (www.greencommodities.org). This is a focal area of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with extensive experience in promoting dialogue platforms for agricultural products. It is an inter-institutional and multi-sectoral dialogue process, where all actors positively and negatively affected by the production and trade of pineapple would converge.
The Platform has a higher body made up of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the UNDP Resident Representative,
Implementation and monitoring are performed by the Steering Committee, which brings together the International Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Farming and the Environmental Quality Management Directorate of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, with the technical and administrative assistance from UNDP.
The Platform structured the dialogue in thematic Working Groups (WG) consisting of representatives from state, academic, productive, and community sectors. Those groups were facilitated to propose actions leading to improve the environmental and social performance of pineapple production. The Working Groups were:
- Supervision and Enforcement of National Law
- Market Economic Incentives
- Use and Control of Agrochemicals
- Soil Use and Conservation
- Small and Medium Enterprises
Who participates in the Platform?
Organizations, businesses, and institutions meeting the following criteria have been convened to participate:
- Public sector institutions related to agricultural production, environmental protection, human health, labor law, international trade and finance;
- Private organizations representing the interests of pineapple producers, that is, businesses, chambers, cooperatives, producer associations, etc.;
- Private organizations involved in the pineapple distribution chain, such as packers, exporters, distributors and supermarkets in major business partners of the country;
- Marketing companies of pineapple-based products, in both the domestic and the international market;
- Research institutions and organizations that have conducted studies on the impacts of pineapple production and on improvement of farming and marketing techniques;
- Community Organizations inserted in pineapple production areas or regions;
- Organizations that promote good agricultural practices (GAP) in the manufacture and socio-environmental management of the pineapple sector;
- Institutions of the banking and/or financial sector involved the development of pineapple production;
- Organizations and agencies that promote sustainability in agricultural production, particularly those seeking continued improvement of production in the tropics;
- Embassies of major trading partners of Costa Rica.
How to participate in the Platform?
Participation in the Platform is open to all citizens, businesses, civil society, and government stakeholders interested in contributing effectively to the objective of developing an improved model of pineapple production.
To participate in the Platform it is necessary to submit an application stating the interest to participate and support the implementation of the Action Plan. If you are interested, please contact us through the following link: (contact).
Why is the Platform important?
The Action Plan established from the dialogue facilitated by the Platform will guide the actions of the public sector, the private sector, and buyers to improve environmental and social performance of the pineapple produced in Costa Rica during the next 5 years. It is important to mention that this document includes all views and possible contributions for the plan to eliminate social and environmental externalities of pineapple production.
What are the expected results?
The project is aimed at achieving the following results:
- The establishment of national platform of inter-institutional and multi-sectoral dialogue on responsible production and trade of pineapple in Costa Rica;
- Coordination of multi-sectoral of actions in a joint action plan to reduce adverse impacts and increase the environmental and social benefits of this crop;
- Mobilization of resources for the institutionalization of the Action Plan for Strengthening Responsible Production and Trade of Pineapple in Costa Rica;
- Implementation of priority actions and tasks for participants;
- Development of mechanisms for monitoring and accountability on the progress in implementing the Plan.