About the project

How to increase agricultural productivity without harming the environment? That is one of the world’s grand challenges today, and it is the driver of the Sustainable Rural Project – Cerrado. For four years (2019-2023), the project will work with rural producers and other actors in the Brazilian states of Goiás, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, and Mato Grosso do Sul in 101 municipalities, promoting the adoption of low carbon technologies by improving access to technical assistance, training, and credit, as well as strengthening local productive organizations.

We are financed by the United Kingdom International Climate Finance (ICF) in cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply of Brazil (MAPA) as the institutional beneficiary. The Brazilian Institute for Development and Sustainability (IABS) is responsible for the execution and administration of the project and the ILPF Network Association – through the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) – is responsible for scientific coordination and technical support.

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About the project

How to increase agricultural productivity without harming the environment? That is one of the world’s grand challenges today, and it is the driver of the Sustainable Rural Project – Cerrado. For four years (2019-2023), the project will work with rural producers and other actors in the Brazilian states of Goiás, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, and Mato Grosso do Sul in 101 municipalities, promoting the adoption of low carbon technologies by improving access to technical assistance, training, and credit, as well as strengthening local productive organizations.

We are financed by the United Kingdom International Climate Finance (ICF) in cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply of Brazil (MAPA) as the institutional beneficiary. The Brazilian Institute for Development and Sustainability (IABS) is responsible for the execution and administration of the project and the ILPF Network Association – through the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) – is responsible for scientific coordination and technical support.

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Operation/ intervention area

The Cerrado, the second largest biome in South America, is composed of savannas and pastures in the middle of humid areas and tropical forests, located in the highlands of Central Brazil. It corresponds to 22% of the Brazilian territory, covering more than 2 million km². Of its total area, 30% is occupied by pastureland and 12% by crops, mainly soybeans. The Cerrado covers the states of Goiás, Tocantins, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Maranhão, Piauí, Rondônia, Paraná, São Paulo, and the Federal District.

It is also in this biome that the springs of the three largest river basins in South America (Amazon/Tocantins, San Francisco, and Prata) are found. In other words, we are talking about a biome with unparalleled potential and vast biodiversity! Our Cerrado is recognized as the richest savannah in the world, sheltering almost 12,000 catalogued native plant species.

The states that make up this biome are among the largest beef and grain producers in Brazil and, consequently, have witnessed significant changes in land use and land cover.

The project operates in four states: Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Minas Gerais. It will encompass 101 municipalities that present a significant percentage of degraded pastures, high rates of deforestation, and the potential to introduce integrated production systems.

The rich Brazilian reality leads us to work with a diversity of rural properties. The area of the municipalities varies from about 6 thousand hectares (Palmelo – GO) to more than 1 million and seven hundred thousand hectares (Ribas do Rio Pardo – MS). That is, within the project, we are talking about small properties with limits of up to 60 hectares (Campo Grande – MS) to medium properties with maximum limits of 1,500.00 hectares (MT).

Technology

The project encourages the implementation of low carbon productive technologies, especially the Integrated Crop-Livestock-Forestry Systems (ICLF) and the recovery of degraded pastures. ICLF is a production strategy that integrates different agricultural, cattle raising, and forestry activities in the same area, in consortium cultivation, in succession or rotation, seeking synergistic effects among its components, contemplating environmental adequacy and economic viability. In systems where there is an arboreal component, the planting spacing of the trees will be defined according to the objectives of the producer. Likewise, the choice of which strategy to use will depend on the characteristics of the region and the property, such as proximity to the market, logistics, relief, climate, the suitability of the property, available machinery, among others.Unlike in monoculture systems, in ICLF systems the producer is able to optimize land use, diversify his or her income and increase productivity, in addition to reducing the pressure for opening new areas of native vegetation and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. ICLF systems are also a strategy for recovering degraded pastures.The ICLF can be classified into four modalities: Integrated Crop-Livestock-Forest System; Integrated Crop-Forest System; Integrated Livestock-Forest System; Integrated Crop-Livestock System.The choice of the most appropriate modality should be made based on the analysis of the region’s characteristics, climate conditions, and the producer’s objectives.

The Recovery of Degraded Pastures (RDP) consists of techniques that promote the recuperation of the productive capacity of degraded pastures, providing an increase in the productivity of forage species. Among these techniques, the use of liming and fertilization of pastures according to soil analysis and pasture management is highlighted, taking into consideration indications for fodder species used and the adjustment of the capacity rate.

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imprensa@iabs.org.br

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prs-cerrado@iabs.org.br

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