Burgeoning global demand for commodities such as soy and beef is causing major changes in land use and threatening biodiversity. Producers, traders and other stakeholders need to understand the impacts and risks and develop solutions that will lead to sustainable supply chains. To achieve this, better tools are needed to assess these impacts and risks for specific supply chains, products and actors.
A collaboration between the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, WWF, the Luc Hoffmann Institute and other partners aims to stop the loss and degradation of forests and other natural habitats caused by beef and soy production in the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado, and the Chaco region of Argentina and Paraguay. The project comes under the Moore Foundation forests and agricultural markets initiative and will contribute to an improved, shared understanding of biodiversity impacts within agricultural supply chains.
Through an earlier project, the Luc Hoffmann Institute helped develop new tools to allow stakeholders to assess the biodiversity impacts of soy and beef supply chains, starting with the Cerrado in Brazil. The collaboration integrated these tools with how stakeholders view deforestation-free supply chains and shared responsibilities for impacts.
Activities of the collaboration include:
Richard Gauld, Head of Operations, Luc Hoffmann Institute, or Malika Virah-Sawmy.