The National Platform for Responsible Production and Trade of Pineapple in Costa Rica is a space for inter-institutional and inter-sectoral dialogue, which articulates and monitors the actions and tasks required in the short, medium and long term by the various stakeholders and others affected by pineapple activity, in order to improve the environmental and social performance of this crop.
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This intervention allows highlighting social and environmental performance as a key factor in agricultural eco-competitiveness of Costa Rica. It seeks to strengthen the positive impacts of the activity while responding to the demands of local, national, and international communities concerning the adverse impacts caused by the increased cultivation area from 3,400 hectares in 1986 to 42,000 hectares in 2014.
The platform promotes partnerships with companies committed to improvement in the traditional model of pineapple production, starting with its purchasing policies. It seeks to encourage large buyers in major business partners to trade with responsible producers, while actively supporting the implementation of the improvement actions and tasks required in production zones.
The dialogue facilitated by this initiative addresses public policies and institutional technical assistance. It goes beyond just promoting the adoption of standards by producers, since the elimination or reduction of the harmful effects of pineapple production on the environment and the increase of benefits for the entire society are the responsibility of all those involved in the production chain, including the public sector and the civil society.
Relevant documents of the Platform Project
- Document on the Project of the National Platform of Responsible Production and Trade of Pineapple in Costa Rica.
- Profile of the project on Implementation of the National Action Plan for Responsible Production and Trade of Pineapple from Costa Rica.
- Document on Democratic Dialogue, Manual for Practitioners
The project is conducted by the International Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (DAI-MAG) and the Directorate of Environmental Quality Management of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (DIGECA-MINAE), which jointly lead the implementation of this initiative. For this, both institutions have each appointed a representative who acts as co-director of the Project.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) serves a project implementation agency by providing the technical and administrative support necessary for its execution. For this purpose, it has arranged for the continued support of its Officer of Environmental and Risk Management Programmes. The Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and Inter-church Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) are the donor agencies participating in the Steering Committee. This Committee appoints a National Coordinator, who is responsible for ensuring the execution of the agreements.
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