Amazonia Connect

Amazonia Connect is a partnership between USAID, Solidaridad, Earth Innovation Institute, the National Wildlife Federation, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Together with USAID’s Amazon Regional Environment Program, producers, companies, local governments and financial institutions, Amazonia Connect promotes and scales the adoption of low-emission commodity production to improve biodiversity conservation and support climate action in Brazil, Colombia, and Peru.



The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest remaining tropical rainforest. By absorbing a significant proportion of global carbon dioxide emissions, it helps avoid the worst effects of global climate change. However, deforestation fueled by unsustainable land use and agriculture threatens to turn the region into a net carbon producer where it emits more carbon than it absorbs. 

Amazonia Connect is a five-year activity (2022-2027) that seeks to accelerate the shift towards low-emission commodity production and biodiversity conservation, and reduce deforestation in regions that supply agricultural products to international and domestic markets. The work connects the efforts of the public and private sector to drive change in the sustainable production and consumption of agricultural commodities.

Our Approach

Amazonia Connect operates across four thematic areas to create an enabling environment that can reduce commodity-driven deforestation and habitat loss, support resilient livelihoods, and contribute to global efforts to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Low-carbon agriculture (LCA) is an approach to farming that reorients agricultural systems to ensure farm viability and conservation in a changing climate. The approach aims to build resilience to climate change, reduce deforestation, reduce or remove greenhouse gas emissions, and increase productivity and incomes. 

LCA practices can improve soil health, enhance soil carbon, build climate resilient agro-ecosystems, and reduce pressure on sensitive areas. Large-scale adoption of LCA practices are critical for reducing commodity-driven deforestation, associated greenhouse gas emissions, and improving biodiversity conservation. Learn more about low-carbon agriculture and the impacts of technical assistance in Brazil in this report.

Key interventions:

  • Deliver technical assistance for implementing LCA practices to producers in target regions in Brazil, Colombia and Peru.
  • Train field staff and lead producers in LCA practices. 
  • Scale LCA and deforestation-free practices at a jurisdictional level, in collaboration with regional and local governments.

The private sector is increasingly taking action on environmental and social challenges in their supply chains. Due diligence legislation is pushing many to better understand risks in their supply chains. 

Amazonia Connect will engage with private sector partners to adopt improved monitoring tools to identify deforestation and risks to biodiversity in their supply chains, and ensure compliance with broad sectoral zero-deforestation agreements.

Key interventions:

  • Improve and adapt traceability and monitoring tools to incorporate other commodities, countries and criteria. 
  • Disseminate tools, research results and trends among sector stakeholders.
  • Support sectoral working groups and key stakeholders to improve information and monitoring practices, and contribute to the implementation of Zero Deforestation Agreements.
  • Develop sustainable sourcing guidelines with partner companies.

Research shows that farms that incorporate low-carbon agriculture are viable, profitable and reduce pressure on forests and biodiversity. Yet, banks regularly perceive agriculture as a high risk with low return investment. This lack of access to finance prevents farmers from adopting low carbon agriculture practices and can spur further encroachment on sensitive areas as farmers seek additional farmland. Amazonia Connect will unlock finance and incentives for the transition to low carbon agriculture through jurisdictional and private sector mechanisms.

Key interventions:

  • Evaluate the financial needs of producers and develop investment plans with producers in Amazonia supply sheds.
  • Replicate proven blended finance mechanisms that de-risk investments.
  • Support credit scoring and the use of inclusive fintech platforms to expand access to input finance for producers.
  • Connect farmers to payment for environmental services mechanisms that provide additional financial incentives for the implementation of LCA and strategic ecosystem conservation. Read about how carbon markets can work for small-scale farmers here.
  • Leverage jurisdictional financial mechanisms to help create additional funding streams and mobilize public and private finance for the conservation of forests, low-carbon agriculture and deforestation-free production.

Amazonia Connect’s work informs and is informed by research that monitors and assesses the potential reach of supply chain and jurisdictional approaches to help avoid deforestation and forest degradation, contribute to climate change mitigation, and promote biodiversity conservation. This helps strengthen public and private sector strategies and jurisdictional approaches to scale deforestation-free production and biodiversity conservation. Given that supply chain dynamics vary across countries, research will highlight unique insights and identify common lessons that can be shared further. All published research will be accessible on this web page or by request to the Chief of Party (see below). 

Key interventions:

  • Develop policy briefs, scientific papers and other products to generate actionable knowledge and inform supply chain approaches that help avoid deforestation, contribute to climate change mitigation and enhance biodiversity conservation. 
  • Identify best practices and opportunities to advance synergies between farm, supply chain and jurisdictional approaches and strategies to scale deforestation-free production, LCA and biodiversity conservation.

Geographic Scope

Amazonia Connect is being implemented in the Amazon biome in regions across Brazil, Colombia and Peru where expanding agriculture and livestock production is leading to rapid deforestation. These three countries comprise 80 percent of the Amazon land area.

Our work is focused on these commodities and regions:

  • Brazil: beef in Pará and Mato Grosso
  • Colombia: beef, dairy and coffee in Caquetá, and beef in Meta
  • Peru: coffee in San Martín, and palm oil in Ucayali

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Madhyama Subramanian

Chief of Party