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Nov 2014 – Aug 2018

Reconciling food production and forest protection in Brazil



Brazil – Latin America

To create the enabling conditions for the implementation of Brazil's Forest Code in an enforceable and economically viable way, contributing to the achievement of net zero deforestation by 2020.

$9,543,000 Grant Value

$300,000 evaluation budget

Other funders

  • Moore Foundation

The partners are working with landowners, key agricultural associations and commodity buyers to build capacity and commitment for the successful implementation of the Forest Code. They are also building evidence to support state and municipal governments as they formulate and implement secondary legislation to incentivise full compliance and balance production and conservation.

The infographic below by the Climate Policy Initiative gives an overview of what is happening in the Amazon.

What's happening in the Amazon? (infographic)


The investment aims to contribute to the achievement of net zero deforestation in Brazil by 2020 and globally by 2030.

Since the beginning of this grant, a partnership has formed between J-PAL, the Ministry of Environment and CPI to set up a ‘Policy Design and Optimisation Lab’ within the Ministry. This lab has the aim of building capacity on designing evidence-based policies, evaluating existing policies and identifying potential projects. A report was also submitted to the Ministry of Environment on identifying credit lines for forest restoration under legal reserve and Permanent Protected Areas.

The INPUT team has developed a tool for livestock management to help farmers account for profit and loss, as well as the variables that impact their profits and losses. This will help them identify ways to reduce the costs of Forest Code compliance and improve profitability, also helping them access rural credit programmes.