In focus: key sustainability sectors
A closer look at key agricultural commodities.
Unless otherwise stated, sector-specific data show the global minimum. For methodological reasons, we refer to minimum possible values. We assume that multiple sustainability standards certify all areas. The minimum corresponds to the standard with the largest compliant area operating within a given sector. Crop areas, shares and growth rates might thus be considerably higher.
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RANKING: CERTIFIED LAND BY AGRICULTURAL COMMODITY
19.7 million+ hectares certified This represents at least 7.9% of the global area of eight agricultural commodities
RANKING AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES BY LARGEST CERTIFIED AREA
CERTIFIED AREA: HOW WE GOT THERE
The minimum certified area for agricultural commodities expanded by about one third, with sugarcane growing the most to more than double in size.
AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES BY LARGEST CERTIFIED AREA FOUR-YEAR GROWTH
Coffee (certified area fell)
Soybeans (certified area fell)
The minimum certified area of most commodities stagnated or changed by less than 10%, expanding by just 1.1% overall.
Most growth rates were markedly higher (overall 17.9%).
Growth rates flattened again, with negative growth rate recorded for coffee.
Growth further flattened, with an overall rate of 1.8%. While the minimum area of cotton and sugarcane grew by more than 10%, the minimum area of coffee, cocoa, and soybeans dropped by 18.5%, 12.7%, and 6%, respectively.
Growth of minimum area certified by agricultural commodity, 2008-2019
The largest global shares of certified production were for cocoa, tea and coffee, with the lowest recorded for bananas and soybeans. No production data is available for cotton, oil palm and sugarcane, due to missing data.
Bananas grew the most, followed by cocoa and tea, with soybeans increasing by only 6%. Coffee fell by 29.4%.
Tea increased the most, followed by bananas. Coffee, cocoa and soybeans fell.
Although the global shares of certified production were similar to those in certified areas (except for tea), this was not the case for growth rates, particularly for soybeans and bananas. This may be due to inconsistent reporting in some cases.
Soybeans: four-year production growth, +6%; four-year area growth -27.9%.
Bananas: four-year production growth, 55.1%; four-year area growth 21.5%.
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