Brazil Sectors

IDH has been operating in Brazil since 2009 developing programs in soybean, cotton, coffee, timber and from 2015, incorporated beef into its landscape approach in the states of Mato Grosso, Pará, and Maranhão.

In order to achieve our sustainable development objectives, we have defined 5 cross-cutting impact themes in all our interventions. They facilitate learning and the exchange of experiences between our partners and create major changes in the areas that need it most: sectoral governance, business practices and sustainability in the field.

We connect the interests of companies, governments, local communities, financiers, and investors by establishing governance models through our Production, Conservation and Inclusion (PCI) Strategy.

Our Program in Brazil aims to reduce deforestation by creating better land use for the production of sustainable commodities and connection with buyer markets. For this, we have developed pilots using the Verified Sourcing Areas (VSA) model.


Where we work


Green Growth Plans

GGP’s formalize, on a jurisdictional level, long-term commitments that include land-use plans and policies to reduce deforestation and increasing reforestation, while intensifying agricultural production.


Produce, Conserve and Include (PCI)  State Strategy – PCI Institute

The PCI Strategy aims to improve territorial governance in the states of Mato Grosso, Pará, and Maranhão by consolidating long-term coalitions with robust governance and transparency mechanisms.

Through our landscape program in Brazil, we support the government of Mato Grosso’s ambitious green growth strategy, PCI. In Mato Grosso, this strategy was announced at the Paris COP21, 2015, and plans to increase agricultural production and efficiency; conserve remaining natural vegetation; and improve the socioeconomic inclusivity of smallholder farmers and local communities by 2030.

Read the PCI Pitchbook and see the PCI monitor webpage to learn more.


PCI Regional Compacts

PCI Regional Compacts are joint agreements and action plans on a landscape level between public, private, civil society and community stakeholders to enhance the sustainability and productivity of land and secure forest protection.

In addition to supporting the green growth strategy at state level, we work at the municipality 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 core approach 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 five regions in the states of Mato Grosso, Pará, and Maranhão in order to attract investment and to develop PCI Compacts.

The team in Brazil