Business models to address drivers of deforestation in Peru - 18_III_101 - 10195 - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)

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Business models to address drivers of deforestation in Peru

As of: August 2019

Objective and activities

The project will develop sustainable business models and support stakeholder coalitions that lead to a reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) and promote sustainable land use in the Peruvian Amazon. The business and agricultural development models will be identified in a participative approach and selected to promote economic, environmental, and social values in rural communities. Activities pursued under the project include the analysis of context specific drivers of deforestation, assessments of GHG emissions in prioritized value chains, development of sustainable business models, evaluation of business models regarding their potential to deliver economic, environmental (reduction of net GHG) and social benefits as well as the development of pilot implementation plans, up scaling and financing strategies, and dissemination of results as a basis for wider adoption.

State of implementation/results

  • The project launch event took place on October 5, 2018 in Lima, Peru, where MINAM (Ministry of the Environment) presented their approach in relation to their policies and strategies to mitigate climate change in the AFOLU sector and explained, how the project was contributing to these. In addition, CIAT presented the project’s expected outcomes and outputs.
  • Meetings with political partners held in October 2018 and February 2019 in Lima, Peru. The meetings were carried out with MINAM, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI) and the National Forest Service (SERFOR), to discuss information collected and analysed by CIAT and Climate Focus for prioritizing value chains and potential project sites.
  • Various consultation meetings with national and international organisations were conducted in November and December 2018 to collect information and inputs for the prioritization of the project’s value chains and geographical sites.
  • Presentation of the project to the subnational and local authorities of Ucayali and Huánuco on March 26th and March 29th, respectively.
  • Field visits and meetings with cacao and oil palm farmer cooperatives and growers were conducted in March 2019 by CIAT and Climate Focus. Identified stakeholders will be invited to be part of the value chain platforms that will be established by the project.
  • The first value-chain platform meetings will be held in June 2019 in Huanuco and Ucayali. The activities for these meetings and platforms will be harmonized with efforts by MINAGRI to create a public-private coalition to achieve zero deforestation in the agricultural sector.
  • Two of the four value chains contained in the Joint Declaration of Intent between Peru, Norway, and Germany were prioritized using a rapid-appraisal approach based on secondary information, expert interviews and climate change mitigation priorities. The rapid appraisal included deforestation and crop area analyses, demand for crop products and existing efforts for consolidating these four value chains.
  • Actors of the two prioritized value chains in Ucayali and Huánuco have been mapped and contacted to understand opportunities to improve their business models, while reducing emissions and achieving zero deforestation goals.
  • Based on available secondary information, the characterization of the prioritized value chains has been conducted for the selected project geographical sites.
  • Several buyers associated to the prioritized value chains have been contacted to explore their willingness to participate in zero-deforestation business models.
  • Maps of value chain processes to estimate GHG emissions were completed. In addition, available information for estimating the GHG in the value chains is collected and the templates to collect supplementary primary information have been designed.

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

08/2018 till 07/2020