Analysis n°41 - March 2012 Between economic growth and sustainability: Which model for Brazil’s agricultural development?

Brazil is now an emerging powerhouse and ranks among the global top ten economies.
Agriculture has contributed greatly to this expansion, thanks to the country’s size, the importance of its natural resources, and sweeping reforms that fueled development. Yet, beyond the economic achievements and international advancement–confirmed not least of all by its export capabilities–Brazil is facing serious challenges. Its development model obscures tensions and deep-seated geographic and social disparities inherited from its past. Confronted with economic, social and environmental limitations that could impede economic growth, Brazil will have to make choices to reconcile food and energy security, environmental preservation, and confirm its status as strategic player in the international arena.

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