Brazil: Human and environmental costs of land investments

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Seu Juarez from the Melancia community demonstrates to members of the fact-finding mission to MATOPIBA, Brazil his memory of the height of water that was year-round until only a few years ago. (Photo by Rosilene Miliotti / FASE on September 7, 2017)
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Brazil: Human and environmental costs of land investments

by David Kane, Researcher, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Representatives of human rights and environmental organizations from nine countries and numerous Brazilian states, including the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, undertook a fact-finding mission from September 2 to 15, 2017, to document, verify, and guarantee the visibility of the social, economic, environmental and human rights impacts caused by the “financialization” of land in the Cerrado region in central Brazil. 

The area visited is within the Cerrado and commonly referred to as Matopiba, an acronym formed with the initials of the four states that are partially included (Maranhão, Tocantins, Piauí, and Bahia). The Matopiba has long been considered the agricultural frontier of Brazil with great potential for increasing production.

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