Beef in the Brazilian Amazon


João Shimada and Daniel Nepstad


Pasture is a major driver of land-use change throughout Latin America. This is especially true in the Brazilian Amazon, where 70% of deforested land is under pasture. Here we examine the Brazilian Cattle Agreement (BCA), the world’s most ambitious effort to slow tropical deforestation associated with pasture expansion. The case study of the BCA is an important illustration of both the promise and limitations of value chain approaches to curbing tropical deforestation.