More than 8% of agricultural land is certified

In 2018, the standards covered in this report certified a minimum of more than 19 million hectares

Standards continue to grow as consumers focus on health, sustainability

Consumer preferences to buy healthier and more sustainably grown goods continues to underpin the steadily rising popularity of certified products such as soybeans, cocoa and bananas.

More farmland than ever is being used to grow standard-compliant crops, according to the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) latest report on sustainable markets.

Cotton, cocoa, oil palm and coffee dominate

The ‘big four’ remain cotton, cocoa, oil palm and coffee. The land area used to grow certified cotton expanded more than 173% in 2014–2018. At least 5.9 million hectares of cotton – or 18.2% of the global cultivated cotton area – are certified, followed by cocoa (3.2 million hectares), oil palm (2.9 million hectares) and coffee (2.2 million hectares)..

Fourteen standards and eight commodities analysed

Sustainable production and trade allows us to produce, buy and sell in a way that ensures consumer protection, social responsibility and environmental sustainabilityThe ‘big four’ remain cotton, cocoa, oil palm and coffee. The land area used to grow certified cotton expanded more than 173% in 2014–2018. At least 5.9 million hectares of cotton – or 18.2% of the global cultivated cotton area – are certified, followed by cocoa (3.2 million hectares), oil palm (2.9 million hectares) and coffee (2.2 million hectares)..

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