'This third global report provides new insights into the evolution of certified agriculture and forestry. ITC has teamed up once more with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Institute for Sustainable (IISD) to provide data about 14 major sustainability standards for bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, palm oil, soybeans, cane sugar, tea and forestry products'.
'The report shows that agricultural land on which certified commodities are grown continues to increase, in some cases, surpassing the 20% mark. Cotton-certified areas are witnessing the highest growth rate, tripling between 2011 and 2016. Cocoa also almost tripled in area; and oil palm and tea-certified areas more than doubled during the same five-year span. However, between 2015 and 2016, oil palm registered substantial declines (11.5% less than in 2015) as well as sugarcane (7.9% less)'.