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Using business models to address the drivers of deforestation in Peru

As of: September 2020

Objective and activities

Peru is introducing sustainable business models in the cocoa, coffee, biofuels, agro-industry and livestock sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation. The goal is to increase productivity in deforested areas and achieve an agricultural production system that is deforestation-free. The project develops appropriate business models, analyses context-specific factors that influence deforestation, examines greenhouse gas emissions in previously prioritised value chains and addresses positive economic, ecological and social impacts during development of the models. Financing strategies that take private investors into account and rapid scalability are also important components of the development process. The business models will contribute to the climate protection goals laid down in the Peruvian NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution) and NAMAs (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions) .

State of implementation/results

  • The project has positioned itself as a key platform for stakeholders related to the deforestation free and low emissions agriculture commodities. There have been several invitations from national and regional government institutions to participate as a focal point at events, initiatives and seminars representing the academia and research community as a key scientific evidence provider for the related topics.
  • Two deforestation-free and low carbon strategies, one for the cacao value chain and another for the oil palm value chain, were designed, formulated and agreed among value chain actors.
  • Emissions for the two prioritized value chains have been estimated and include information on GHG emissions, identification of their key emission sources and the potential measures to address them.
  • Between 3 and 10 October 2019, six focus groups were organized with palm oil and cocoa producers. The objective was to identify their perceptions about the causes and possible solutions to deforestation in the region, as well as to understand how services they receive can promote a free deforestation production (technical assistance services, financial services, etc.).
  • On 11 October 2019, as part of the construction of a zero deforestation strategy with the cocoa and oil palm value chain actors, the project organized with the support of the Ucayali’s regional government a "Working table for the construction of a vision towards a deforestation free and low emission sector" in Pucallpa.
  • On 22 October 2019, the Project together with National Board of Palm Growers of Peru (Junpalma), organized the event “Opportunities for sustainable investment in free deforestation and low emissions oil palm production in Peru”.
  • On 25 October 2019, CIAT participated in the Interface Workshop for IKI projects in Peru
  • On 21-22 November, as well as 25-26 November 2019, two workshops were held with the multi-stakeholder platform for the cacao value chain and the stakeholders of the oil palm value chain.
  • On 10-11 February 2020, the project was presented at the “Ucayali - Acre Business Meeting” together with the UNDP GEF project in order to promote deforestation-free business models in the Amazon.
  • In March 2020, the project met with oil palm companies and farmer cooperatives (OLAMSA, OLPASA and INDOLMASA) to co-design deforestation-free business models.
  • The project progress has been visualized to the public through the publication of its second blog “Construction of strategies with cocoa and palm oil value chains actors that contribute to the forests conservation and GEI emissions in the Peruvian Amazon” :…

Project data


Implementing organisation:
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI) - Peru, Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru
  • Climate Focus B.V. - Netherlands,Climate Focus B.V. - Netherlands

BMU grant:
2.000.106,00 €

08/2018  till  07/2021

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