Brazil: Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS) joins coalition to increase sustainable soy, low-carbon production in Sorriso

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Marina Born (RTRS) and Steven Colett (IDH).

The global Round Table for Responsible Soy (RTRS) has joined a critical partnership to drive sustainable soy and low-carbon agricultural and livestock production in Sorriso through a new, jurisdictional approach.

Sorriso is a municipality in the Mato Grosso state of Brazil and the world’s largest grain producer. The cooperation will support farmers and traders growing responsible soy in the region and help to develop a jurisdictional market approach to move towards 100% responsible production.

Local producers, state government officials and civil society groups in Sorriso recently signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to adhere to the state Produce, Conserve, Include (PCI) strategy through inclusive and profitable production, coupled with economic growth and reducing CO2 emissions. The MoU followed 12 months of engagement with local stakeholders, led by IDH, Clube Amigos da Terra, CAT Sorriso and Natcap Soluções Sustentáveis. Read more.

RTRS is an international multi-stakeholder initiative set up in 2006 to promote responsible soy production, trade and use, will support these efforts.

In the second round of support to the PCI Sorriso, RTRS signed the MoU with IDH and CAT Sorriso at the RTRS annual conference (RT14) in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The RTRS Certification Production Standard, approved as one of the tools under PCI, will be crucial in reaching the goals of the strategy.

Marina Born, RTRS President said:

“As a global multi-stakholder platform on soy, RTRS celebrates joining the PCI strategy in Sorriso and strongly supports and fosters jurisdictional strategies involving the governmental sector. Governments at regional and local level play a key role enabling and driving high impact initiatives that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable”.

Steven Collet, Operations Director at IDH, said:

“We are delighted to have RTRS join the PCI strategy in Sorriso and look forward to working with an organization that has 14 years of driving public-private cooperation and creating a responsible supply chain for soy. This collaboration will help us develop responsibility through a jurisdictional approach in Sorriso, to reach international markets and consumers, thus bringing us closer to responsible production at scale. RTRS’s involvement is an important step for Brazil and sets an important precedent for other supply chains around the world’.

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