Increasing sustainable food production while  protecting biodiversity

The Latin America Conservation Council (LACC) together with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) convened a meeting of key partners in São Paulo to review promising results for increasing food production while stopping associated habitat loss in iconic Latin American landscapes, like the Amazon. Environmental scientists met with technical experts from industry and finance to discuss how transitioning small and medium-sized producers to sustainable techniques can raise yields and incomes on the existing agricultural and ranching footprint, reducing the pressure to expand into bordering forests and grasslands. This approach – called a “Green Growth Compact” (GGC) – was developed in innovative pilots in Brazil and Mexico that are being scaled to Colombia and Argentina. “Win-Win” results benefit both people and nature.

CHALLENGE

Latin America is already the largest net food exporting region in the world. In fact, a 2013 IDB report declared that Latin America is poised to become the global breadbasket. But the region also faces important challenges, as many production hotspots are located alongside the largest remaining expanses of biodiversity. This conflict threatens to derail economic progress and reduce future capacity if not addressed.

  • Double production with no new habitat loss

  • Scale innovative-science based mapping to define Go/No Go approach for a Win-Win outcome

  • Identify and promote leveraging opportunities with governments and private sector partners to scale Green Growth Compact (GGC) investment

Active in Latin America for over 40 years, the Conservancy uses a science-based approach to protecting and unlocking the value of nature