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  • Writer's pictureLuiza Bruscato

GTPS Identifies Needs for Complete Traceability of Beef in Brazil


The GTPS, Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock, presented in a webinar this Tuesday (15th) the priority needs for achieving complete traceability in the value chain of Brazilian beef and leather. The definition of these priorities is the result of the meetings of the Traceability Working Group (WG) in 2021.


The WG's work was conducted in three stages: knowledge organization, analysis of chain bottlenecks, and construction of an action proposal. Throughout the process, studies on the topic were surveyed, interviews with experts were conducted, and a conceptual map was constructed that presents the chain, its actors, bottlenecks, motivators, and current needs. A common understanding of traceability and monitoring was also established.


The construction of the conceptual map led the Traceability WG to identify 22 action needs to unlock the organization of complete traceability in the chain. From this, prioritization was done, highlighting six main needs:


In the Production Segment:

- Adopt management and traceability tools by producers

- Create incentives for the production sector from the meat and leather chain

- Promote technical advancements and increase productivity

- Segregate necessary information from the GTA for socio-environmental traceability

- Establish a system that ensures data transaction security between different links in the production sector


In the Processing Segment:

- Have access to information on the origin of cattle


In the Retail and Consumption Segment:

- Standardize commitments and procedures for all links in the supply chain


The results report, conceptual map, statements, and the link to watch the webinar are available on the GTPS website, on the Traceability page (https://gtps.org.br/rastreabilidade/).


The over 22 hours of discussions that gave rise to the materials and content involved representatives from five of the six links in the chain: rural producers, input and service companies, industries, retailers and restaurants, and civil society. “This demonstrates that within GTPS we indeed have a space to achieve results that are validated and legitimized by all links in the value chain,” highlighted Lisandro Inakake (Imaflora), responsible for coordinating the WG's work in the last year.


Continuation of the Work


GTPS Executive Manager Luiza Bruscato emphasized that the activities of the Traceability WG will continue in 2022. “This year, we will delve even deeper into discussions on these identified priority needs. We want to find answers on how to focus on solutions, how secure information sharing will be done, and how to address the defined strategies,” she explained.


To participate, one must be a member of the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock. More information about membership is available [here](https://gtps.org.br/associe-se/).


The event and the creation of the materials were sponsored by NWF – National Wildlife Federation (https://www.nwf.org/).

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