Soy plantation in Santa Fe Province, Argentina (Credit: Jopstock/Adobe Stock).

Opportunities for deforestation-free sourcing in Argentina

Trase data can help soy traders in Argentina tackle deforestation risks and maintain access to export markets.

Read in other languages:

Español
22 Aug 2022

Tiago Reis

Photo credit: Soy plantation in Santa Fe Province, Argentina (Credit: Jopstock/Adobe Stock).

In the five years to 2019, almost 240,000 hectares of land was converted to soy production – an area almost 12 times larger than Buenos Aires. Soy production was responsible for 25-33% of total land clearance in Argentina in 2015-2019.

Despite the scale of the problem, deforestation in Argentina is not insurmountable, as Trase analysis shows.

Departments in Argentina where 95% of soy deforestation was concentrated in 2015-2019 represent only 10% of total Argentinian soy production and only 4% of exports (see figure).

This means that the risk of soy associated with deforestation entering the supply chains for export markets such as EU, China, Vietnam and Indonesia is relatively low. And where there is a problem, it is possible to identify its location.

Departments such as Marcos Juarez and General Lopes (top right of figure below), which have high levels of soy production and soy exports, have no soy deforestation. In contrast, departments such as Almirante Brown and Alberdi (bottom left with large bubbles) have comparatively small production and exports, but large soy deforestation risks.

Soy traders can use Trase data to conduct risk assessments to identify which departments have the most risk and where they will need to prioritise their efforts on traceability, monitoring and supporting farmers on deforestation-free production. Traders sourcing from regions with soy deforestation will need to ensure they have farm-level traceability and soy from deforestation-free farms is segregated from soy from unknown sources or linked to recent deforestation. Traders can develop their own internal traceability systems and use external tools such as the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS).

This will enable traders in Argentina to clean their supply chains and meet emerging ‘due diligence’ regulations for deforestation-free products, maintaining access to the European and other valuable export markets.

To reference this article, please use the following citation: Reis, T. (2022). Opportunities for deforestation-free sourcing in Argentina. Trase. https://doi.org/10.48650/FRWB-1N06



Related insights

DECEMBER 4: Panelists onstage at The Sustainable Trade Summit​ during the UN Climate Change Conference COP28 at Expo City Dubai on December 4, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by COP28 / Christopher Pike)

5 Dec 2023

Commodity-driven deforestation and peatland loss emits more carbon than Germany

As all eyes turn to the climate talks at COP28, Trase quantifies the greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation and peatland degradation linked to countries’ production and consumption of beef, soy, palm oil and other commodities.

Aerial image, number of machines in arrow motion, front of tractors that prepare the land to sow in the field.

2 Oct 2023

Doubts over legal compliance put Brazil’s soy exports to the EU at risk

Traders will struggle to prove that soy from Brazil complies with its environmental laws due to gaps in official data, potentially reducing sales to the EU, according to a report by Trase and Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV).

Men work at a soy field in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Soy expansion drives deforestation in Bolivia

The rate of deforestation and land conversion driven by soy production in Bolivia is seven times higher than Brazil. Limited exports of soy from Bolivia beyond the Andes region means there is little exposure for the EU or other consumer markets outside South America.

View of natural stone pillars in the Chiquitania region, Bolivia

The hidden crisis of deforestation in Bolivia

Forests and other natural ecosystems in Bolivia are being devastated by expanding soy plantations. But with a government focused on economic development and little pressure from consumers demanding deforestation-free products, the prospects for action seem remote.

Cattle rancher with his cattle.

10 Aug 2023

Supporting the EU deforestation regulation’s benchmarking system

Trase and Proforest have published recommendations for establishing a fair and effective risk benchmarking to underpin the EU deforestation regulation.

Displaying 5 of 57 related insights

We use cookies on our site.