Tropical Forest Alliance 2020

The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020) is a public-private alliance with the goal of reducing tropical deforestation associated with key global commodities.

TFA 2020 arose from discussions between the U.S. Government and the Consumer Goods Forum, a network of more than 400 companies with annual sales topping $3 trillion. TFA 2020 is a whole-of-U.S. government effort, engaging a full range of expertise across agencies. USAID leads TFA 2020, with critical guidance and support from the Department of State.

TFA 2020 partners include developing country and industrialized country governments, businesses, and civil society organizations that agree to undertake specific actions to address commodity-driven tropical deforestation. The TFA 2020 website lists current members, and invites new members to join.

Mission Statement

TFA 2020 is a public-private partnership in which partners take voluntary actions, individually and in combination, to reduce the tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp. The Alliance does so by tackling the drivers of tropical deforestation using a range of market, policy, and communications approaches.

Goal Statement

TFA 2020 will contribute to mobilizing and coordinating actions by governments, the private sector, and civil society to reduce tropical deforestation related to key agricultural commodities by 2020.

TFA 2020 partners will work together to accomplish the following:

  • Improve planning and management related to tropical forest conservation, agricultural land use, and land tenure.

  • Share best practices for tropical forest and ecosystem conservation and commodity production, including working with smallholder farmers and other producers on sustainable agricultural intensification, promoting the use of degraded lands, and reforestation.

  • Provide expertise and knowledge in order to assist with the development of commodity and processed-commodity markets that promote the conservation of tropical forests.

  • Improve monitoring of tropical deforestation and forest degradation to measure progress.

Visit the TFA 2020 website for current activities.

Last updated: July 14, 2015

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