This white paper offers a survey of eight strategies businesses along agricultural supply chains, civil-society organizations, investors, and nations are implementing to promote sustainable agricultural commodity production and ease pressures on tropical forests.
The United Nations predicts that to feed the 9 billion people on the planet in 2050, we will have to increase food production by 70 percent. Agricultural production today already accounts for:
- 25 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and
- 85 percent of total deforestation.
The challenges are daunting. But many groups—including business, civil society, investors, and governments—have started taking action.
Paths Forward for Sustainable Agriculture
Drawing from NGO reports, academic research and 30 interviews conducted with experts across sectors, we provide an overview of eight strategies that have led to some promising results, including a 70 percent reduction of deforestation over the past decade in the Brazilian Amazon, one of the largest deforestation hotspots on the planet.