The Africa Sustainable Commodities Initiative: Lessons on the transition from the Africa Palm Oil Initiative

The transition of the Africa Palm Oil Initiative (APOI) into the Africa Sustainable Commodities (ASCI) Initiative, mandated by 10 African governments at COP26, provides a useful case study in scaling up a multi-stakeholder initiative.

This report outlines lessons learned from the APOI process, both from the initial setting up of the initiative and its institutionalisation in the 10 West and Central African countries. It also provides an assessment of where parties now stand and what is needed for the implementation of the full vision of the ASCI. Such lessons might be of use to other initiatives in other geographies as stakeholders work collectively towards the responsible sourcing and production of agricultural commodities, aiming for a global food system which benefits people, nature and climate.