In the last few decades, Brazilian agriculture has experienced a seismic transformation, and its contradictory facets have fed different and opposing narratives regarding recent changes. This book covers these changes, exploring the issues from several empirical and analytical angles, including the role of agriculture in the contemporary Brazilian economy, the dynamics of Brazilian agricultural value chains, environmental challenges and the processes of social differentiation.
Brazilian agriculture continues to be viewed in the international literature, either through the lenses of the past century – those of former problems relating to land use and land tenure – or apologetically. This collection of essays aims at updating the current interpretations, providing objective accounting of the main transformations, its determinants, results, contradictions and limitations. As it covers the most relevant traits of Brazilian agricultural and rural development, the book will provide the reader with an encompassing view of contemporary Brazilian agriculture, including the positive and negative sides of the so-called tropical agriculture revolution. It highlights the tremendous economic potential as well as the continuing structural heterogeneity, concentration of production and marginalization of millions of small farmers.
Written in an engaging and accessible style, this book will be perfect for all those interested in learning about Brazilian agriculture. It will be of particular interest to undergraduate and graduate students of economic development, agricultural economics, rural sociology, comparative economic development, rural development and agricultural policies.
List of Editors & Contributors
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Introduction, Antônio Márcio Buainain
1. Agriculture, industry, and the economy: from extensive farming to a global agro-food power, Geraldo Sant’Anna de Camargo Barros
2. Rural Brazil: the demise of its agrarian past, 1968-2018, Zander Navarro and Maria Thereza Macedo Pedroso
3. Agricultural development in Brazil: the role of public policies, Carlos Augusto Mattos Santana and José Garcia Gasques
4. The restructuring of Brazilian agri-chains: the role of value chains, Maria Sylvia Macchione Saes, Hildo Meirelles de Souza Filho and Rodrigo Lanna Franco da Silveira
5. Global competitiveness of the Brazilian agri-food sector: strategies and policies, Marcos Sawaya Jank, Adriano Nogueira Zerbini and Isabel Cleaver
6. Innovation and development of Brazilian agriculture: research, technology, and institutions, José Eustáquio Ribeiro Vieira Filho
7. Bioenergy and biofuels in Brazil, Marcelo Pereira da Cunha, Carolina Habib Ribeiro and Marjorie Mendes Guarenghi
8. Agriculture and the environment: a conflictive and ambiguous antinomy in recent Brazilian development, Antônio Márcio Buainain and Junior Ruiz Garcia
9. Rural Brazil: a social and economic space without farmers?, Alexandre Gori Maia
10. Employment and forms of occupation in rural Brazil: from minifundio-latifundio to regulated rural labour market, Junior Ruiz Garcia and Alexandre Gori Maia
11. The fate of family farming under the new pattern of agrarian development in Brazil, Carlos Guanziroli, Antônio Márcio Buainain, Gabriela Benatti and Vahíd Shaikhzadeh Vahdat
12: Structural heterogeneity in rural Brazil: three regional cases, Alfredo Kingo Oyama Homma, João Ricardo Ferreira de Lima and Pedro Abel Vieira
13. Challenges of current land governance in Brazil: beyond the historical, political and social demands for land reform, Bastiaan Philip Reydon
14. Intellectual trajectories about the Brazilian agrarian transition, Zander Navarro