Sustainable Soy in Paraguay
Mapping our footprint and reinforcing best practices
Cargill partners with governments, civil society groups, businesses and more than 3,000 soy farmers in Paraguay’s Atlantic Forest region. We have been advancing our sustainable soy program in Paraguay since 2012 to meet the sustainability criteria recognized by the European Union, a major destination for Paraguayan soy. Fifty percent of Paraguay’s total agricultural area is devoted to soy, a product that accounts for 12 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
In 2016, we began implementation of our Forest Action Plan in Paraguay, part of our pledge to eliminate deforestation across all our agricultural supply chains. We are working with government, public institutions and other partners to better understand the current rate of deforestation, map Cargill’s total footprint in Paraguay, establish a producer database, create a deforestation monitoring program and expand extension services and technical support for small producers.
We work directly with soy producers to educate them on best practices and new policies in the Atlantic Forest region. We also are helping to increase transparency through participation in the U.N. Development Programme’s Green Commodities Programme in order to advance multi-stakeholder dialogue, improve sustainable production and increase regulatory compliance.
Monitoring and analysis
We are working with World Resources Institute (WRI) in Paraguay to help equip the agricultural sector with new analysis tools. This work is part of our broader effort with WRI to measure and assess deforestation risk across our supply chains with Global Forest Watch. We also have increased our risk analysis capabilities through a third-party-driven analysis using geographic information systems that include 100 percent of the farmers participating in Cargill’s sustainability program in Paraguay.
We continue to expand use of the Triple S (Sustainably Sourced & Supplied) process of continuous improvement. Triple S is Cargill’s proprietary certification program, which is based on three pillars: increasing the use of best agricultural practices, including reducing deforestation; protecting worker welfare; and managing greenhouse gas emissions. By the end of 2016, we verified that 40 percent of the soy we source has been grown sustainably. We are working to further expand our verification process. See more information on the Soy Collaboration & Certification page.
With the help of partners, including WRI and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Cargill has delivered training on sustainable practices to our employees at 30 grain elevators in eastern Paraguay so they can support farmers as they apply company policies, evaluate market trends, and implement monitoring and analysis tools.