Table of Hope Project Matopiba, Brazil

The third table we hope to build in Brazil around the topic ‘deforestation’ in Matopiba.

With the Table of Hope Project for Brazil we aim to engage with the partners of the GTC, Grupo de Trabalho do Cerrado. GTC is the Cerrado Working Group, a national multi-stakeholder platform where traders (Cargill, Bunge, ADM, Dreifus), retailers (Walmart and Carrefour), civil society organizations (TNC, WWF, CI) and the government (Environment and Agriculture Ministries) are co-creating an agreement to stop deforestation and conversion . These partners aim to sign a deforestation commitment by the end of this year

Our aim is to invite all the GTC members to celebrate this agreement with the construction of the table of hope with the local community and producers from the Matopiba region. With the Table of Hope Project for the Cerrado, LAB and its collaborating partners hope to inspire GTC members to engage with the local community and attract producers.

GTC is the Cerrado Working Group which aims to co-create commitments to all natural ecosystems in the biome by the leading companies that buy, distribute and process soy. In other words, the aim is to eradicate the deforestation and conversion in the Cerrado caused by the supply chain of this commodity, the aim is to achieve an agreement until the end of this year.

This is a very complex problem, with many players with different motivations. Big steps have been made and many big corporations have pledged to preserve the Cerrado natural resources. The local community is still mostly unheard, while the impact of deforestation on them is immense. They need to be included in the conversation in a meaningful way. There is the need for a common language a common ground from which new possibilities can emerge

through dialogue. With the Table of Hope we want to include the voices and hopes of the people of the local communities impacted by this supply chain in the canvas. Understand their context and their possibilities. We want to create a possibility for these voices to be heard and for them to reflect on their ownership, particularly the producers that live in the region. For many reasons the producers and communities have not yet joined the initiative but their buy-in is fundamental for its success of his initiative.