On Brazil and the Amazon

The global community worries about the development in the Amazon rainforest, increasingly in search of activities to stop deforestation; important and valuable forest areas need protection, while at the same time ensuring respect for human rights.

When produced according to responsible and sustainable standards, Brazil has ideal conditions for agriculture; competence, professional businesses and climate conditions providing typically two crops per year.


The 'Growing Better' Report, from the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) confirms that it is possible to produce enough food without deforestation. Improved economic and living conditions for more than 30 million people living in the Amazon will be key in this.


In order to stop deforestation, we need to work in several areas, collaborating across sectors. Countries and businesses sourcing soft commodities from Brazil must commit to zero deforestation, zero conversion and respect for human rights. Businesses need to implement these requirements in policies, commercial contracts, as well as quality systems, including third party audits. Moreover, it is necessary to ensure 100% traceability for all commodities: wood, meat, soy, maize, cotton, palm, sunflower, etc. This will make it more difficult to retrieve economic value from illegal and irresponsible production.


The 'Produce, Conserve and Include' (PCI) represents an important example of such collaboration, providing measurable impact and improvements: http://pcimonitor.org/