|Project Details||The rapid growth of the soy industry in Paraguay is partly due to the introduction of Genetically modified varieties of soy. It is estimated that nowadays, around 95% of the soy produced in the country is GM resistant to herbicides . The Paraguayan government has favoured foreign investment in the agricultural sector through the construction of infrastructure and low tax system .|
Soy occupies more than 2,6 million ha in the country, causing deforestation, displacement of rural communities, soy depletion and pollution of the environment derived from the use of pesticides. Most of the Paraguayan soy is exported to Europe, where it is mainly used as animal feed . The rest is used to make biofuels, cooking oil and other food products . The soy frontier in Paraguay is rapidly expanding towards the province of San Pedro .
DAP is a Paraguayan company which works as investor and producer of soy. 90% on their production uses Montsantos GM seeds . It owns 30,000 ha in San Pedro. They employ very few people and most of them do not even have a contract. In addition, they work with smallholders -as part of their “programme for responsible soy” (RTRS)- to whom they pact a fixed amount per hectare. The small farmers decide the wages for the plantation workers. Despite the RTRS has a set of “responsible labour conditions”, compliance with them is low for external labour .
The RTRS has been widely criticized for certifying as responsible plantations highly dependent on harmful pesticides and which use GMO seeds. Instead of stopping it, the RTRS helps to further expand soy plantations .
Different civil society organizations have criticized the RTRS and its members for silencing small peasants through offering them benefits on the short-term and hiding destructive and continued expansion. 
San Pedro is a region characterized by local resistance against the expansion of soybean monocultures by smallholders who grow different crops for own consumption .
|Project Area (in hectares)||5,000|
|Type of Population||Rural|
|Potential Affected Population||3,000|
|Company Names or State Enterprises||Grupo Desarollo Agricola Paraguay (DAP) from Paraguay|
|Relevant government actors||Local government San Pedro|
|International and Financial Institutions||Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS)|
|Environmental justice organisations and other supporters||ASEED Europe http://aseed.net/ |
Base Investigaciones Sociales http://www.baseis.org.py/
Corporate Europe Observatory https://corporateeurope.org/
Grupo de Reflexión Rural http://www.grupodereflexionrural.com/
Rain Forest Action Network https://www.ran.org/
Fundación Rosa Luxemburgo http://www.rosalux.org.ec/es/