Supporting Zero-Deforestation Cattle in Colombia
This report examines production practices and their impact on deforestation for beef, dairy, and related products that Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 companies and their subsidiaries with operations in Colombia use.
It identifies key barriers to shifting to sourcing and producing zero-deforestation cattle products, with a primary focus on small producers. It also gives options for adopting more sustainable production practices that will increase productivity while reducing or eliminating deforestation from the production of these goods.
Ranchers in Colombia often take advantage of land that has already been cleared or hope to gain tenure informally by “improving” the land through cattle grazing.
This behavior is at odds with government goals to increase productivity and decrease the amount of land under cattle production - while increasing the number of hectares of non-livestock based agricultural commodities.
Eliminating deforestation from cattle supply chains and making beef and dairy production environmentally and financially sustainable will require changing production practices and upfront costs. This will require coordinated technical assistance, participation by supply chain companies, and a significant amount of finance.