Mato Grosso (MT) is a global agricultural powerhouse. With an area of more than 900,000 km2, the state is Brazil’s largest producer of soy, corn, cotton, and cattle. In just over a decade, the state’s GDP has risen from R$12.3 billion (1999) to R$80.8 billion (2012), an increase of 554 percent mostly driven by agriculture, the State’s main activity. In the same period, Brazil’s GDP grew by 312 percent.
Agriculture, livestock, and timber production are expected to continue to undergo significant growth. The government of Mato Grosso recognizes the challenge of increasing production whilst minimizing negative social and environmental effects and launched the Produce, Conserve, Include (PCI2) Strategy at COP21 in Paris with this in mind.
The strategy aims to integrate objectives across agriculture, environmental conservation and social inclusion. The Unlocking Forest Finance project (UFF) works to aid this strategy through the development of business cases that support the transition to sustainable land use in Mato Grosso. These business cases are based on increasing the productivity of certain supply chains, strengthening conservation activities, and improving the livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations.
An executive summary of the work carried out in Mato Grosso is available below in English and Portuguese.