Mato Grosso is the largest producer of soy, beef and cotton in Latin America. Soy and beef are the biggest drivers of deforestation in Brazil. More than half of the extensive cattle ranches in Mato Grosso are highly unproductive, while new forests are being cleared to expand production. Intensifying cattle production to free up land for responsible soy, cotton and other farming is key to stopping deforestation in Mato Grosso. Through the state government-led “Produce, Conserve and Include” (PCI) strategy, IDH partners with leading producers, municipalities, NGOs and others to maintain and conserve 60 percent of native forest while doubling economic output by 2030.
The State of Mato Grosso produces nine percent of the global supply of soy, 60 percent of Brazil’s cotton and is the top producer of the country’s beef, supplying to domestic and international markets.
The state, which spans 90 million hectares across three biomes, Amazon, Cerrado and Pantanal, has faced massive deforestation as a result of agricultural expansion in the last decades.
A large portion of Europe’s soy is sourced from Brazil, including from Mato Grosso. This is sourced mostly for animal feed, but also for soy meals. Soy is thus a component of a wide range of consumer goods.
Many consumers demand deforestation-free products. Major retailers and other global companies have committed to delinking their products from deforestation. The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a network of 400 consumer goods manufacturers, retailers and other stakeholders with combines sales of 3,5 trillion euros, has adopted sustainable soy sourcing guidelines. And a number of CGF companies have committed to achieving zero (net) deforestation by 2020.
The government of Mato Grosso also has ambitious plans to conserve the state’s forests, while at the same time stimulating economic growth. This is done through the green growth strategy, Produce, Conserve, Include, PCI. The PCI coalition is made up of leading producer companies, NGOs, the state government and others, including IDH, engaging in activities that will prevent deforestation, restore forests, improve livelihoods and increasing economic output in Mato Grosso.
IDH collaborates with the PCI coalition in intensifying cattle and responsible soy production. We also work with market players in Europe such as CGF member companies. We leverage their zero-net deforestation commitments. In 2016, we co-designed a joint roadmap of soy producers and processors in Mato Grosso and feed and vegetable oil industries in Europe to collectively work towards creating a zero-net deforestation sourcing area.
Our work in Mato Grosso falls under three main streams:
|Total land cover||90 million ha|
|Total forest cover||56 million ha|
|Protected forests||19 million ha|
|Forests on private land||37 million ha|
|Pasture land||24 million ha. Two thirds are unproductive and degraded.|
|Crop land||8 million ha|
|Other productive land||2 million ha|
|Landscape features||Amazon rainforest, Cerrado (tropical woodland), Pantanal (wetland)|
|Main commodities||soy, beef, cotton|
|Main causes of forest loss||deforestation for pastures|
Summary of the PCI goals by 2030:
|Replace 6 million ha of low-income pastures with high productive crops:||Rehabilitate 2,9 million ha of APP||Increase smallholder participation in domestic food market from 20 percent to 70 percent|
|3 million ha of grains||Eliminate illigal deforestation by 2020||Promote land regularization in 70 percent of smallholder farms|
|2,5 million ha of livestock (intensification)||Reduce deforestation in Amazon forest by 90 percent and in Cerrado by 95 percent||Provide technical assistance to all smallholder farmers|
|0,5 million ha of planted forest||Conserve 1 million ha of those areas likely to be deforested||Increase access to credit|
|Another 6 million ha of sustainably managed natural forest|
You can download the detailed PCI strategy here.
In addition to supporting the green growth strategy at state level, we work at the municipal level to link beef and soy production to forest protection. This also ensures the inclusion of smallholder farmers in the value chain and stems from our concept of Production, Protection and Inclusion – PPI.
In a PPI compact, public and private stakeholders agree on a land-use plan through which to achieve the sustainability targets set by PCI. We focus on four regions to develop PPI compacts and to bring in investment for PPI deals.
The Government of the State of Mato Grosso, through the Secretariat of State for the Environment (SEMA), and IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday in Cuiabá to accelerate the process of sustainable production and forest protection in the state.
On July 25, in Sorriso, Mato Grosso, IDH and Aprosoja – the state’s soybean and corn association – signed a partnership to align responsible production with increasing European market for responsible soy. The farmers associated with Aprosoja have committed to a 10% improvement per year, with the ultimate goal of creating a verified sourcing area for soy.
Encontro foi realizado em maio, na cidade de Cuiabá/MT
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