Sustainable soy and beef supply chains

About the project

The issue

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.

The project

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 called Contacted the Luc Hoffmann Institute has already helped develop new tools to help stakeholders assess the biodiversity impacts of soy and beef supply chains, starting with the Cerrado in Brazil. The new collaboration is integrating these tools with how stakeholders view deforestation-free supply chains and shared responsibilities for impacts.

Activities of the new collaboration include:

  • Disseminating the results of work undertaken by the Contacted project among key stakeholders.
  • Producing evidence of the different perceptions among supply chain actors on the opportunities and barriers to achieving deforestation-free supply chains.
  • Drawing on peer-reviewed scientific papers produced by Contacted to provide tailored insights for supply chain actors.
  • Supporting a research-policy framework for achieving deforestation-free agricultural supply chains.

Project partners

WWF, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundationthe Luc Hoffmann Institute.

Project leaders

Richard Gauld, Head of Operations, Luc Hoffmann Institute or Malika Virah-Sawmy