Commodities: Natural advantages should sweeten deals

As published in the Financial Times:
A large landmass, warm climate, abundant water and large amounts of unused fertile land – these are the elements that have made Brazil a leader in global agriculture commodities markets, according to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. He also believes they are likely to facilitate further growth in its food exports. “Brazilian agriculture has undergone enormous improvement in recent decades, transforming entire regions into rich farmlands and achieving global pre-eminence in the production of several agricultural commodities,” say Fabiano Costa and Emma Cardy-Brown in their report “Investing in Agricultural Land in Brazil” by AgriInvest Publications. “In the process, considerable wealth has been created where previously there was often little more than subsistence farming,” they add. “Not only has the general population seen an improvement in living standards but also landowners have seen their personal fortunes rise dramatically.”

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