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Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture (CFA)



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By 2050, global demand for food will grow significantly, further increasing pressure on forests, oceans and other critical ecosystems.
© Adriano Gambarini/WWF-Brasil

The CFA

In 2015, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation launched its Forests and Agriculture Markets Initiative, a five-year project that works to help transform zero-deforestation beef and soy production into the global standard for these consumer goods. At the centre of this initiative and of great importance to ensure its objectives are achieved, the Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture (CFA) was jointly launched in 2016 by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and a range of other strategic partners.

The Challenge

By 2050, global demand for food will grow significantly, further increasing pressure on forests, oceans and other critical ecosystems. The expanding demand for finite resources and supply chain activities with frequently unknown risks of a financial, operational and reputational nature create significant challenges for companies, as well as their creditors and investors.

The Context

Agriculture is responsible for an enormous global ecological footprint: it takes up almost 40% of the earth’s surface not covered in ice, uses around 70% of all extracted freshwater, is responsible for nearly 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and half of all deforestation. All signs seem to indicate that these figures are set to increase even further over the coming decades.

The Solution

Since 2013, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has been supporting projects that aim to combine food production with conservation of the environment.
For this purpose, the Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture (CFA) was designed for leading organisations that have the joint capacity to define standards and outline incentives to producing zero-deforestation beef and soy.

Expected Results

The focus is to achieve solid commitments to zero conversion by the leading companies that buy, distribute and process soy and beef in the Amazon and Cerrado regions in Brazil, and in the Gran Chaco region spanning Argentina and Paraguay. In other words, the aim is to eradicate the deforestation caused by the supply chain for these commodities, without this being displaced, by 2021.

Strategies
The CFA aims to work using the following strategies:
 
Promote Leadership by the Private Sector
Encourage action at a sectorial level with different actors in the supply chain that commit to implementing zero-deforestation practices. The focus is to work with a critical mass of leading companies, including national and international retailers, distributers and brands, traders, meat processers and groups of producers, so that they will collaborate in the alignment, strengthening and expansion of the adoption of commitments to supply zero-deforestation commodities.
 
Guarantee Robust Transparency
Support the development and adoption of cost-effective tools and platforms that enable the evaluation, monitoring and verification of the implementation of purchase and production commitments for zero-deforestation beef and soy on a sectoral level. This will include platforms to monitor changes in land use and coverage, and effective supply chain monitoring systems that enable habitat conversions associated with the purchase and production of commodities to be traced.
 
Alignment of Capital Flows
Guarantee a significant increase in private and public capital to support zero deforestation and conformity with laws related to zero conversion.
This strategy will focus on improving the access and availability of capital aimed at the transition of beef and soy production to practices involving zero deforestation, through actions establishing incentives, business models and financial mechanisms to compensate actors that adopt zero-deforestation production, including the intensification of beef production; crop, livestock and forest integration; and other more productive uses of areas that have already been cleared.

 

AREAS COVERED BY CFA

 
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The focus is to achieve solid commitments to zero conversion by the leading companies that buy, distribute and process soy and beef in the Amazon and Cerrado regions in Brazil, and in the Gran Chaco region spanning Argentina and Paraguay.

Beef and soy expansion

Beef and soy are currently responsible for more than two thirds of the observed deforestation in these biomes, which are the target geographies of our work. In these regions, each market is controlled by a handful of traders and meatpackers that operate in most, if not across all geographies, and are represented by strong trade associations, therefore presenting a considerable leverage opportunity.

Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture - Technical Report - Brazil

 
	© André Dib/WWF-Brasil
Agriculture is responsible for an enormous global ecological footprint: it takes up almost 40% of the earth’s surface not covered in ice, uses around 70% of all extracted freshwater, is responsible for nearly 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and half of all deforestation.
© André Dib/WWF-Brasil

23 Global Food Companies Commit to Preserve Brazil’s Cerrado Savanna

CFA Technical Report - Brazil

From February 2016 - January 2018
In the Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture (CFA) context, WWF-Brasil was responsible for coordinating the private sector engagement and alignment capital work for Brazil’s strategies, leading the beef, soybean and demand working groups and engaging financial sector, namely private and public finance institutions, as well as the finance value chain.
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