Brazilian agriculture: The miracle of the cerrado

Brazil has revolutionized its own farms. Can it do the same for others?

Since 1996 Brazilian farmers have increased the amount of land under cultivation by a third, mostly in the cerrado. That is quite different from other big farm producers, whose amount of land under the plough has either been flat or (in Europe) falling. And it has increased production by ten times that amount. But the availability of farmland is in fact only a secondary reason for the extraordinary growth in Brazilian agriculture. If you want the primary reason in three words, they are Embrapa, Embrapa and Embrapa.

 Click here to read the complete version of this article published at The Economist, August 26th, 2010.

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