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Table 4

The expansion of high carbon stock lands for soy production.

Country Sub-region Forestland dynamics Total soy production in grain (2016 base-year) Mt Share of global production (%) Approximate share of recent soy expansion over natural vegetation (%)
Argentina Net deforestation 58.8 17 28
Brazil MATOPIBA Net deforestation 11.6 4 62
All other regions Net deforestation 84.7 25 11
Total Net deforestation 96.3 29 17
China Net afforestation/reforestation 12.0 4 Not applicable
United States Net afforestation/reforestation 117.2 35 Not applicable
Other nations 50.6 15
World Net deforestation 334.9 100 19

Source: Prepared by the authors.

Note: Total soy production based on FAO (2018). Approximate share of recent (about past 10 years) soy expansion over native vegetation were estimated by the authors, based on literature review. World share assumes a weighted average of the situation occurred in the listed countries, excluding other nations. MATOPIBA region is comprised of the Brazilian State of Tocantins (TO) and parts of the States of Maranhão (MA), Piauí (PI) and Bahia (BA).

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