The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, TFA 2020, is a public-private partnership with the goal of reducing tropical deforestation associated with key global commodities.
TFA 2020 was born out of discussions between the U.S. Government and the Consumer Goods Forum. TFA 2020 is a whole-of-U.S. government effort, engaging a full range of expertise across U.S. Agencies. USAID is the overall lead for the effort, and the Department of State provides critical guidance and support.
Current TFA 2020 membership includes the U.S. Government, the Consumer Goods Forum, and the respective Governments of the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom. The Alliance is open to new members, including countries, private sector companies, and civil society organizations that agree to undertake specific actions to address commodity-driven tropical deforestation.
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.
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.
To learn more, see the TFA 2020 founding document and the TFA 2020 statement of mission and goals.