Around the world, we are losing habitats such as forests and grasslands at an alarming rate, as they are burned, cleared, or plowed into cropland and grazing land for food production. This deforestation and conversion of habitats harms both people and nature—driving biodiversity loss, disrupting freshwater cycles, eroding soils, driving climate change, and marginalizing the communities that depend on them.
Beef and soy production are two of the leading drivers of this habitat loss, and some of the largest landscape transformation is happening in South America. Over the last decade many companies across food supply chains have made commitments to take deforestation and conversion out of their supply chains. But it’s one thing to commit, it’s another to act.
WWF has developed a Deforestation and Conversion Free (DCF) Implementation Toolkit to help companies move from commitment to action in alignment with the Accountability Framework. The Toolkit contains activities and materials for companies to achieve DCF supply chains for beef, soy, and leather produced in the Amazon and Cerrado in Brazil, and the Gran Chaco in Argentina and Paraguay.
WWF is working across markets to promote sustainable supply chain solutions among companies, platforms, and industries that produce or source agricultural products. These business solutions help companies shift towards more sustainable practices, reduce environmental impacts, and improve their bottom line.
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