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Katoomba XIX: Scaling Up Sustainable Supply Chains

Iguazu Falls, Brazil

In March of 2014, nearly 200 people gathered in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil for Katoomba XIX, including producers and buyers in the cattle and soy industries, financial institutions, government and multilateral agencies, deforestation experts, and civil society organizations. Situated on the border of three giants in the cattle and soy sectors – Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay – Iguaçu provided an apropos backdrop for this Katoomba’s ambitious agenda of identifying and finding solutions to the critical challenge of producing more food, fuel and fiber to support our growing population while also reducing land use change from agricultural expansion in the Amazon, Cerrado, Chaco, and beyond.

The meeting consisted of a two-day public event, followed by a smaller private workshop to delve further into innovative jurisdictional and financial mechanisms to move further toward scaling sustainable commodity supply chains.

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Topics covered during the event:

The meeting allowed participants to better understand:

  • Challenges and solutions to increase productivity and efficiency
  • Legality, transparency, traceability
  • Integrated financing tools and approaches
  • Stabilizing the frontier
  • The role of the private sector, public sector, and civil society


highlights from Katoomba XIX in Brazil