The Business Case for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Brazilian Agriculture
Type of Publication: Business Case
Date of Publication: December 2015
A growing body of research and practice from Brazil and around the world demonstrates that many components of biodiversity benefit agricultural production and also generate benefits to wider society.
In recognition of the role of farmers and agribusinesses in biodiversity conservation, Fauna & Flora International, Souza Cruz (British American Tobacco subsidiary company) and Brazilian NGO SPVS (Society for Wildlife Research and Environmental Education) partnered with a group of smallholder farmers in southern Brazil in a four year project called “Parcerias pela Biodiversidade” (Partners for Biodiversity). This business case brings key lessons learned from the project on the costs, the effectiveness and the economic benefits derived from the enhancement of biodiversity within agricultural landscapes. It makes clear some advantages for farmers and corporations brought by a richer biodiversity nearby crops, such as input costs reduction and production increase through ecosystem services improvement. In short, it demonstrates a simple and cost-effective framework for biodiversity management in farmlands, with proven benefits both for agriculture and biodiversity conservation.