Title: Brazilian agricultural sector: potentials and problems from different points of view

Authors: Cornelia Gruber; Corinna Hausner; Irina Kinzner; Verena Kronberger; Florian Alexander Schweikert

Addresses: Institut für Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Unternehmensgeschichte, Universitätsstraße 15/E2 (Resowi), 8010 Graz, Austria ' Institut für Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Unternehmensgeschichte, Universitätsstraße 15/E2 (Resowi), 8010 Graz, Austria ' Institut für Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Unternehmensgeschichte, Universitätsstraße 15/E2 (Resowi), 8010 Graz, Austria ' Institut für Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Unternehmensgeschichte, Universitätsstraße 15/E2 (Resowi), 8010 Graz, Austria ' Institut für Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Unternehmensgeschichte, Universitätsstraße 15/E2 (Resowi), 8010 Graz, Austria

Abstract: This paper aims to discuss potentials and problems for the Brazilian agricultural sector from different points of view by applying the surfing global change (SGC) methodology. The intention is to give relevant stakeholders room for statements and to find solutions to improve the overall situation. The contrarian perspectives of indigenous peoples, government, private sector and international organisations shows the difficulty of finding acceptable compromises, although poverty reduction is a common goal. Both private and public sectors are in favour of FDIs and other investments into agriculture by using partly neoclassical and Keynesianism approaches. Indigenous peoples and international organisations focus on human rights and the unequal power of resources. First, the previously mentioned SGC methodology will be explained in detail. Secondly, the paper takes a closer look at the underlying theories. Thirdly, the arguments of the four different points of view will be portrayed. Afterwards the authors present their consensus approach.

Keywords: Brazil; agriculture; development; poverty; land grabbing; indigenous rights; surfing global change; SGC; economy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFIP.2018.097087

International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 2018 Vol.13 No.3/4, pp.280 - 299

Available online: 17 Dec 2018 *

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