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The study is being organized by the University of Wageningen, the Solidarity NGO

and the Sustainable Livestock Working Group (GPTS)


São Paulo, May 30, 2019 – Márcio Nappo, JBS Sustainability director, attended the launch of the “Small big farmers: the challenges of sustainable livestock breeding in the Amazon and the potential for Innovation and Learning Centers” study in São Paulo on May 28. The study was financed by the Dutch government with support from Embrapa and was organized by the University of Wageningen, the Solidarity NGO and the Sustainable Livestock Working Group (GPTS).

Nappo highlighted the importance of the initiative, because Brazil has few robust studies of livestock breeding in the Amazon. “The study consolidates and confirms a number of important livestock breeding trends, such as the issue of reducing deforestation while increasing productivity, economic diversification on farms, combining cattle breeding with other crops such as grains and cocoa and the territorial approach based on production clusters, which are used to support and engage farmers and companies around a unified agenda”, he explained.

The study analyzed the challenges and operational, technical and institutional feasibility of reproducing best low carbon farming practices at scale among small-scale calf breeders in the Amazon. The study also proposes a strategy of implementing Innovation and Learning Centers (NIAs) that focus on sustainable production models for small-scale livestock breeders in the Amazon. Read the study here:

Nappo highlighted JBS’s experience working with small-scale farmers in São Miguel do Guaporé, in Rondônia. “The Company has a social project that involves around 200 farming families who supply raw material to the JBS business units. We provide these farmers with ongoing technical support on farming and sustainability issues. This is part of our social transformation agenda to improve people’s lives and increase families’ incomes”, he said.

In addition to the JBS Sustainability director, the roundtable discussing the study also included Daniela Mariuzzo, executive director for the IDH institute in Brazil; Joyce Brandão, Sustainable Production Chain Program manager at the Solidarity NGO in Brazil and Marcelo Stabile, a researcher at Ipam (the Amazon Environmental Research Institute).

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