Brazil is one of the world's most productive agricultural regions. The country plays an important role in feeding people worldwide, and agribusiness is a key driver of Brazil's economic development and national growth. Brazil is also home to valuable ecosystems, including the majority of the Amazon rainforest.
The challenge facing Brazil is to grow more food to meet increasing global demand and improve the livelihoods of its citizens while also preserving vital natural areas that provide important benefits to the world. Bunge is doing its part to improve the sustainability of agriculture in Brazil by helping growers adopt environmental best practices on their farms and by contributing to larger efforts to preserve the Amazon biome and other important ecosystems.
Improving Farming Practices
Bunge works with farmers throughout Brazil, providing training on agricultural best practices and helping them implement those practices through field events and individual consultations. Through an annual awards program, Bunge recognizes farmer-customers who demonstrate leadership in sustainability and other areas.
Addressing big issues
Intensifying Production Sustainably
In 2013 Bunge launched a multi-year partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Brazil to help improve the sustainability of production agriculture in the country. The partnership is promoting better land-use planning in select municipalities, improved adherence to Brazil's forest code, greater participation among famers in the government's land registration system, as well as the application of best agronomic practices. The larger goals of the effort include reduction in deforestation, better irrigation efficiency and improved environmental management. You can learn more at The Nature Conservancy’s web site.
Amazon Soy Moratorium
The Amazon rainforest is emblematic of the challenges of our growing world. Over time, human settlement, industrial activities and agricultural expansion each have contributed to deforestation of the Amazon biome, which includes the Amazon rainforest and its related ecosystems.
In July 2006, Bunge and other agribusiness companies took action to curb Amazon deforestation from soybean farming, enacting a voluntary moratorium on purchasing soy from newly deforested areas in the biome and, together with leading environmental organizations, forming a dedicated Soy Working Group to implement a system to track deforestation, address key underlying issues and work on lasting solutions. The moratorium ends December 31, 2014, and the Soy Working Group is shifting its focus to supporting the implementation of Brazil's new Forest Code, which addresses sustainable development in the region.
The Soy Working Group will provide farmers with training and technical assistance to help them comply with the new environmental regulations and assist them in registering their farms in the government’s new rural environmental registration system. Soybean growers and consumer groups will play an important part in the continuing effort to balance the need for food production with environmental conservation.
Learn more at the website of ABIOVE (the Brazilian Vegetable Oil Industries Association).
Supplier certification systems are a positive way to influence best practices among suppliers because they create a ready means to evaluate supplier performance. Soja Plus is a simple, verifiable certification system that measures how soybean farms perform according to key sustainability indices, including legal compliance, social responsibility, environmental sustainability and agricultural best practices.
Soja Plus is a voluntary program developed by Bunge and other members of the Brazilian soybean industry for soy producers in the country. It is organized by ABIOVE (the Brazilian Vegetable Oil Industries Association), APROSOJA (Mato Grosso State Soybean and Corn Growers Association) and SENAR (National Service of Rural Learning). Click here to learn more about Soja Plus.