The document proposes a strategy for large-scale adoption of best low carbon practices by small-scale farmers in the Amazon region


Márcio Nappo, JBS Sustainability director, attended the launch of the “Small big farmers: the challenges of sustainable livestock breeding in the Amazon and the potential for Innovation and Learning Centers” study in Sao Paulo on May 28.


This is an important survey because the Amazon is the world’s largest reserve of biodiversity. “This issue brings together a number of important trends for livestock farmers, such as reducing deforestation and increasing productivity”, said the executive.


The study is financed by the Dutch government with support from Embrapa (the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company) and was organized by the University of Wageningen, the Solidarity NGO and the Sustainable Livestock Working Group (GPTS).


The document proposes implementing Learning and Innovation Centers (LICs) to help small-scale livestock farmers adopt sustainable models across the Amazon region. The study will analyze the challenges and the operational, technical and institutional feasibility of reproducing best low carbon practices informing at scale.


The launch event included a roundtable with the JBS Sustainability director, alongside Daniela Mariuzzo, executive director for the IDH Institute in Brazil; Joyce Brandão, Sustainable Production Chain Program manager at the Solidarity NGO in Brazil; and Marcelo Stabile, a researcher at the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (Ipam).


Nappo highlighted JBS’s experience working with small-scale farmers in São Miguel do Guaporé, in Rondônia. “The Company has a social project that involves around 200 farming families who supply raw material to the JBS biodiesel division. We provide these farmers with ongoing technical support on farming and sustainability issues. This is part of our social transformation agenda to improve people’s lives and increase families’ incomes”, he said.


The material is available in the link below: