The Economics and Organization of Brazilian Agriculture

The Economics and Organization of Brazilian Agriculture

Recent Evolution and Productivity Gains

1st Edition - September 11, 2015

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  • Author: Fabio Chaddad
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128016954
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128018071

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The Economics and Organization of Brazilian Agriculture: Recent Evolution and Productivity Gains presents insights on Brazilian agriculture and its impressive gains in productivity and international competitiveness, also providing insightful examples for global policymakers. In Brazil, as in many countries, many economists and policymakers believe that agriculture is a traditional, low-tech sector that crowds out the development of other economic sectors and the country. This book shows that this anti-agriculture bias is ill-informed, and with population growth, rising incomes, urbanization and diet changes – especially in developing countries like China and India – on the rise, the demand for food is expected to double in the next 40 years. Brazil has the natural resources, technology and management systems in place to benefit from this expected growth in food consumption and trade. Through real-world examples, the book shows how other low-latitude countries with tropical climate and soils like Brazil – especially in sub-Saharan Africa – can benefit from the agricultural technology, production, and management systems developed in Brazil. Case studies in each of three key categories, including technology, resource management, and effective government programs provide valuable insights into effective decision-making to maximize the effect of each.

Key Features

  • Provides important and practical insights into achievable agricultural options via case studies
  • Addresses the use of natural resources, technological advances, and management systems to create viable, adaptive economic growth
  • Applies lessons learned in Brazil to improving both economic and ecological resource-sustainable agriculture for other regions and countries


Industry professionals and policy makers; the book may also be used as complementary reading in agribusiness management and international development courses.

Table of Contents

    • Dedication
    • Preface
    • Chapter 1. Introduction
      • 1.1 Production
      • 1.2 Farm Inputs
      • 1.3 Productivity Gains
      • 1.4 Economic Effects
      • 1.5 Sketch of the Book
      • Notes
      • References
    • Chapter 2. Enabling Conditions
      • 2.1 Natural Resources
      • 2.2 Technology
      • 2.3 Agricultural Policy
      • 2.4 Summary
      • Notes
      • References
    • Chapter 3. Agriculture in Southern Brazil: Cooperatives and Contract Farming
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 The Diversity of Agricultural Organization
      • 3.3 Agriculture in Paraná
      • 3.4 Agriculture in Santa Catarina
      • 3.5 Summary
      • Notes
      • References
    • Chapter 4. Agriculture in Southeastern Brazil: Vertically Integrated Agribusiness
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Sugarcane
      • 4.3 Orange Juice
      • 4.4 Summary
      • Notes
      • References
    • Chapter 5. Agriculture in the Cerrado: Large-Scale Farming and New-Generation Cooperatives
      • 5.1 Introduction
      • 5.2 Evolution of Farming in Mato Grosso
      • 5.3 Productivity Gains
      • 5.4 Entrepreneurship and Economies of Scale
      • 5.5 Producer Organizations
      • 5.6 Summary
      • Notes
      • References
    • Chapter 6. Conclusions
      • 6.1 Summary of Main Findings
      • 6.2 A Counterfactual Example
      • 6.3 Challenges
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 178
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2015
  • Published: September 11, 2015
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128016954
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128018071

About the Author

Fabio Chaddad

Fabio Chaddad is associate professor of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri, USA with joint appointment at Insper Institute of Education and Research in São Paulo, Brazil. He currently teaches strategic management, organizational economics and agribusiness management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also affiliated with the Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership (GICL), which delivers executive education programs for cooperative leaders, and the McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, which supports research, teaching, curriculum development, and outreach in agricultural entrepreneurship. Fabio’s research activities focus on the economics and management of user-owned and controlled organizations and inter-firm collaborative arrangements in the global agrifood system. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri, a Master’s degree in Agribusiness Management from the University of São Paulo College of Economics, Business and Accounting and a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of São Paulo College of Agriculture.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate professor, Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, USA with joint appointment at Insper Institute of Education and Research, São Paulo, Brazil

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