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Latin America Cattle Programme

The Latin America Cattle Programme works with the Brazilian cattle sector and its stakeholders to develop a common vision of sustainability. Working through multistakeholder processes, the programme focuses on developing governance mechanisms and tools for implementing better practices.

What are our priorities?

Our initial focus is on the Brazilian cattle value chain. The Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Beef (GTPS) was formed in 2009 to improve sustainability across the chain. Proforest is supporting GTPS’s institutional capacity development and is leading work to develop criteria and indicators of continuous improvement throughout the cattle supply chain in Brazil.

What does the  programme do?

The Latin America Cattle Programme has three main components:

1. Institutional capacity development

GTPS needs greater capacity to coordinate partners, raise funds and manage programmes. In the short term we are leading the design of programmes and projects, and developing proposals for joint funding, while mentoring GTPS secretariat staff. In the longer term, we will transfer responsibility for coordinating partners and managing the programmes to GTPS. Proforest will remain in an advisory capacity only.

2. Strategy and governance

We are reviewing GTPS’s role and strategic vision. This is a participatory process involving a diverse range of stakeholders. Once strategic planning is complete, we will review GTPS’s structure, governance and procedures to help it deliver the strategy.

3. Criteria and indicators

We have identified ways in which standards could be applied, to help GTPS members decide how they wish to use them. We are now helping GTPS to develop, field test and consult on criteria and indicators to support continuous improvement throughout the Brazilian cattle value chain.

Why is it important?

Cattle ranching is a widespread activity in several Latin American countries, and often linked to deforestation and poor labour practices. However, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, EMBRAPA, believes that with better management, the Amazon could carry a further 104 million animals without more deforestation. However, technical, financial and knowledge barriers prevent the wider adoption of better practices. For example, poor pasture management, restricted access to loans, poor management skills, and the concern that investments in better practices may not be not profitable, all hinder improvement.

Funding and implementation partners

Our funders and partners include Solidaridad Farmer Support Programme (FSP), Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Beef (GTPS). 

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