A herd of cattle crossing a sandy road

Making agricultural supply chains in the Amazon more transparent and ecological

Transparency and Sustainability in Agricultural Supply Chains in the Amazon

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Overall term

    2022 to 2026

  • Other Stakeholders

    Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAPA) - Secretariat for Innovation, Sustainable Development, Irrigation and Cooperativism (SDI)

  • Products and expertise

    Climate, environment, management of natural resources


Brazil has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 37 per cent by 2025 – compared to 2005 – in order to mitigate climate change. A significant part of emissions is caused by land-use changes. About 90 per cent of the deforested area in the Amazon is used for extensive cattle ranching and agricultural production.

Applying environmentally friendly agricultural practices could potentially increase land-use efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Transparency in supply chains enables buyers and consumers to know the origin of products, which encourages the valorisation of environmentally friendly agricultural production. As there is still insufficient transparency in many supply chains, producers have difficulties in accessing differentiated markets. Furthermore, due to the lack of dissemination and accessibility of public policies for environmentally friendly agriculture, small producers in the Amazon region have difficulty making their production systems more climate sensitive.


The project aims to make agricultural supply chains in the Amazon biome more environmentally friendly and more transparent.


The project works to create a stronger focus on environmentally friendly and transparent agricultural supply chains in public policies. It also provides incentives and raises awareness about the benefits of a wide adoption of climate-sensitive practices in the Amazon region.

In the pilot region, Porto Velho (RO), it aims to test incentive and transparency mechanisms and support producers in the implementation of more ecological practices. The project will follow an integrated landscape approach and encourages joint planning in partnerships between public, private and civil sector organisations.

Last update: August 2023

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