Sustainable Agriculture

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Global population growth and improved economic conditions create increasing demand for food and agricultural raw materials. At the same time, agricultural activities are one of the most significant sources of carbon emissions and water use, and climate change is set to have severe impacts on food production and nutrition across the globe.

CPI research identifies pathways to implement more productive and climate-resilient agricultural practices that incorporate low emission standards and sustainable techniques. The research, analysis and business models we develop support the scaling of sustainable agricultural practices worldwide. We promote partnerships with public and private entities to develop financial mechanisms to fund the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices as well as work directly with policymakers in the design of more effective policies to spur sustainable growth in the agricultural sector.

Latest work

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Alterações no CAR e no PRA: O que muda para os produtores rurais

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Aligning Rural Credit with the Forest Code

This document, which was elaborated by PUC Rio’s Núcleo de Avaliação de Políticas Climáticas/Climate Policy Intiative (CPI), recommends the association between Rural Credit and the Forest Code to be put in practice in the next Plano Safra (2019/2020) – which is Brazilian annual agricultural plan.

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The Fragmented Rules of Brazilian Rural Credit

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A Sustainable Economic Transition for Berau, East Kalimantan

This CPI study, produced as part of Project LEOPALD or Low Emissions Oil Palm Development examines whether palm oil’s potential as an economic driver will bear out for Indonesia’s goals, using Berau as an example case.

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Indonesia’s Village Fund

In keeping with its goals for sustainable economic growth and an inclusive and equitable economy, Indonesia is committed to avoiding deforestation. As the drivers of deforestation often originate from activities outside of forest borders, it is not enough to solve deforestation by conducting segregated actions targeted to specific forest areas. Indonesia must also work to strengthen the rural economy and improve regional collaboration by working across various administrative jurisdictions that encompass forest governance. To ensure the success of this jurisdictional approach, improved economic power and village governance are key.

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Insecure Land Rights in Brazil: Consequences for Rural Areas and Challenges for Improvement

This report shows that there are important social, economic, and environmental costs associated with the lack of well-defined property rights; while at the same time presenting the many complexities within Brazil’s system of land governance that need to be addressed in order to improve the system.

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Fostering Economic Resilience in Berau through Smallholder Crop Diversification

This CPI study explores crop diversification opportunities to support independent smallholders in Berau for better long-term outcomes

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Examining the Climate Finance Gap for Small-Scale Agriculture

This report proposes a theoretical framework and methodology that can be used to measure and categorize climate finance flows to small-scale agriculture in developing countries. It also provides a snapshot of the current state of climate finance to small-scale agriculture representing international financial commitments in 2017 and 2018.

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