New report launched on soy expansion in Northwest Argentina

A new report has been launched titled "Soy and Agribusiness Expansion in Northwest Argentina - Legalized deforestation and community resistance. The cases of the Wichí communities of the Itiyuro River Basin and Misión Chaqueña, the Creole families of the Dorado River Basin and the Guaraní communities of El Talar". The report is published by CAPOMA (Argentina), La Soja Mata and Chaya Comunicación (Argentina), with the support of: BASE Investigaciones Sociales (Paraguay)

This report provides important insights into the process of soy and agribusiness expansion, deforestation and eviction of indigenous and rural communities in a forgotten region: North West Argentina. This region covers the Chaco, the Yungas forest and the Andes ecosystems and is inhabited by a large number of indigenous communities. The report focuses on the transition zone between the Yungas forest and the Chaco plains. The report shows how the regional Land Use Planning excercises, demanded by the Argentinean national government, turned out into a new license for massive deforestation and evictions of communities.

What is the 'Round Table on Responsible Soy' and it's history

In order to address the problems created by the production of commodities like palmoil, sugar cane and soy, WWF initiated various Round Table processes, mainly between NGOs and industry. These initiatives have met with a lot of reservation or outright opposition from other parts of civil society in producer countries. Notably the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS)has sparked a lot of debate. Can large scale grown commodities like soy, or palm oil, be called 'sustainable' or even 'responsible'?

WWF may argue that "Industry creates the problem, and therefore also has to be part of the solution" - many see that differently. MOCASE (Via Campesina Argentina) for example, portrays the situation in the Argentinean countryside as a 'war' between two production models: small scale farming versus large scale soy plantations.

The three RTRS conferences that have been held so far triggered counterevents and demonstrations.

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