Where we work

In Brazil’s Cerrado region during the 2020/2021 crop year, the amount of soy planted on land areas cleared between 2014 and 2020 was 620,000 hectares (or 1,532,053 acres), which represents 10.6% of total deforestation in the biome within that period, and 3% of the total soy production in the biome (source: Agrosatélite).

For the same period, 80.5% of the deforestation was concentrated in Matopiba (source: Agrosatélite). In June 2021, we therefore expanded our scope of work to cover 70% of the recent risk of soy-related deforestation and conversion of native savannah in the Cerrado.

The SCF’s work focuses on 61 municipalities in the Cerrado region that accounted for 26% of all soy planted there in the 2020/2021 crop year (source: Agrosatélite). This represents the breadth and depth of the SCF’s collaborative work to protect native vegetation while promoting sustainable soy cultivation.

This scope’s expansion is the result of a public consultation organized with over 30 representatives from civil society, academia, and the private sector.

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Cerrado Biome – Brazil

The map below shows the 61 focus municipalities of the Soft Commodities Forum

Access the full list of municipalities in our Methodologies and References section