Policies to Develop Cattle Ranching in the Amazon without Deforestation

Imagine that a presidential candidate asks for help in drawing up his/her agricultural development plan for the Amazon. He/she asks: Is it possible to develop agriculture without deforesting the Amazon? If so, how?

This report answers the questions of this imaginary politician. In it, we show that it is possible to develop agriculture in the Amazon without deforesting using tried-and-true policies and techniques. Therefore, the government should coordinate policies and maintain the discipline to carry them out in the same way that it was and is necessary to control inflation.

In drafting a government plan, politicians must consider the forces that encourage deforestation and the barriers to the adoption of best agricultural practices. This report focuses on cattle ranching, as pastures cover about 90% of the deforested areas in the Amazon biome.