The Spatial Economics of Agricultural Development and the Formation of Agro-Industrial Value Chains: The Brazilian Cerrado
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Brazil was a net importer of grains until the country achieved a major breakthrough to become a net exporter of grains after converting barren land into one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world. Starting from the mid-1970s, the tropical savanna of Brazil, called the Cerrado, transformed itself in just a quarter of a century into one of the world’s most well-known grain-growing regions, realizing modern upland rain-fed farming in a tropical region for the first time in human history (Hosono et al. in development for sustainable agriculture: the Brazilian Cerrado. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2016).
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