Sustainable Agriculture: An Assessment of Brazil's Family Farm Programmes in Scaling Up Agroecological Food Production
This working paper from the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), discusses Brazil's agroecological policies, and discuss them in relation to what the authors call the ‘Brazilian agricultural dilemma’ or the contradictions and conflicts of disproportionately supporting large-scale agribusiness for export over small-scale family farm production for domestic consumption.
The paper is part of a new One Pager series on Social Protection and the Post-2015 Agenda. The objective is to bring together different views and contribute to the ongoing global discussions about priorities for the post-2015 development agenda.
For more on this topic, read the interview where we invited three agroforestry experts (one of them André Gonçalves from Brazil) here. You can also browse through other resources relating to agroforestry in our research library here.
Latin America and the Caribbean occupies the central and southern portion of the Americas. The region is home to the world’s largest river (the Amazon River), the largest rainforest (the Amazon Rainforest), and the longest mountain range (the Andes). Export-oriented agriculture constitutes an important part of the economy, especially in Brazil and Argentina. This large continent has a range of climates spanning the ice of Patagonia, the tropical forests of much of the continent, and more temperate regions in, for example, Mexico and Chile. Due to the greatly differing geography and economic development in the continent, all types of agriculture can be found in Latin America. Subsistence farming and cash cropping with coffee, cocoa and so on are common in many nations including most of central America, whereas large-scale beef production in the cerrado of Brazil provides an example of hyper-large farms run by large businesses.
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