Deforestation-free cattle ranching gains ground in the Peruvian Amazon and reaches Oxapampa

Posted on 13 December 2023
After 4 years of implementing regenerative livestock farming in Madre de Dios, the results are satisfactory. More than 150 livestock families use fewer hectares per head of livestock, the system of dividing pastures and implementing rational grazing allows them to quickly recover the soil and pasture, and animal welfare has improved by not using agrochemicals.

How does this contribute to conservation? More than 500 hectares are in the process of soil recovery, the pressure on the forests has decreased by not having to deforest to generate new livestock areas, biodiversity has increased and wildlife is beginning to recover forest spaces where they previously lived.

Due to the positive impacts, the Alliance for Regenerative Livestock in the Peruvian Amazon (AGRAP) has a new objective, to scale good livestock practices free of deforestation. For this, the ideal scenario was identified in the Pasco region, province of Oxapampa. It is a province that between the period 2001-2021 had a deforestation of 127,907 hectares (GeoBosque 2023), likewise, the region has 914,259 hectares of introduced pasture, of which 73% are unmanaged pastures, according to IV CENAGRO 2012.

In this context, from May 23 to 27, a series of workshops were held in Chontabamba, Oxapampa, with the participation of 20 producers from Palcazú, Pozuzo, Codo de Pozuzo and Iscozacín, who were trained in the preparation of agroecological inputs, with the resources of the property itself and the forest as a first ally. In addition, these trainings focused on the focus on gender equality, generational renewal, teamwork, empathy, and leadership.

Participant Nicolas Bottger Risso tells his experience and demonstrates how the applied methodology allows ranchers to take ownership of the idea, “Normally they teach you things from the university without having real contact with the land, it is the first time that I have stayed in a workshop until the end".

“Scaling the methodology allows us to transmit experience, articulate knowledge, and have more detailed and innovative information to continue strengthening regenerative livestock farming in Peru,” says Karina Salas, WWF forestry specialist.

At the end of the training, 2 demonstration plots were installed, one located on the property of the MAFROX company and the other on the property of Mr. Hairo Quispe Carbonero. This implementation prevented the felling of 20 hectares of forest in Oxapampa by introducing good agroecological practices and implementing paddock division for rational grazing through regenerative livestock farming.

This initiative is funded by UKPACT, with the support of WWF, The Climate Group, and Tropical Forest Alliance, to scale and promote regenerative livestock farming in the Amazon.