Now a day, issues like food security, reduction of deforestation and climate change are
becoming increasingly relevant as global discussion topics. Willing to constantly contribute
towards constructive discussions surrounding these matters, rural producers from the
Araguaia region, located in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, came up with a pioneer initiative
called the Araguaia League.
Focused on the rural development in the Araguaia Valley, this initiative defends the
sustainable intensification of the beef cattle market in the region, while in compliance with the
duties determined by the Brazilian Forest Code and environmental legislation.
Operate by Instituto Agroambiental Araguaia, the Araguaia League’s vision is based
upon the pillars of productivity, conservation, emission reduction and tourism. The project’s
main objective is to instigate the implementation of projects designed in partnership with
public, private, national and international organizations.
The League’s main goals are to:
- Support the adoption of sustainable intensification practices in the local beef cattle market through the recovery of degraded pastures, environmental regularization and the adoption of good agricultural practices;
- Replicate sustainable livestock practices through the promotion of training activities (Field Days, Demonstration Units, Workshops, etc.);
- Encourage cattle ranchers in the region to adopt and monitor practices that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions;
- Stimulate the conservation and restoration of forest areas (APPs and RLs), through the interconnection of forest fragments;
- Stimulate mechanisms that value the region’s environmental assets through the regulation of financial compensation instruments for the conservation of forestry and biodiversity assets, such as Payment for Environmental Services (PSA), Reed +, CRAs, Carbon Credit etc;
- Differentiate and add value to products and services from livestock activities in the region, ensuring economic and financial viability of sustainable livestock practices in Araguaia.
Currently representing around 62 farms, corresponding to 150,000 ha of pastures and an
estimated herd of 130,000 heads, the Araguaia League has the support of several
organizations. Among them, it is worth mentioning the GTPS (Sustainable Livestock Working
Group), the PPI program administered by the Mato Groso state (Produce, Preserve and
Include), Acrimat (Association of Breeders of Mato Grosso) and Famato (Federation of
Agriculture and Livestock in Mato Grosso).