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Brazilian family farmers world's 8th largest food producer

Staff Writer | June 9, 2018
A survey carried out by the Brazilian government portal shows that family farming plays a crucial role in the Brazilian economy.
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With annual revenue of $55.2 billion, the sector would rank Brazil 8th in the world in food production if the country relied only on family farmers for supply.

The numbers are part of a comparison study conducted with data from the World Bank and the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA).

When total agricultural production is considered, Brazil's ranks fifth in the world, with revenues of $84.6 billion per year.

"Brazil's growth relies on family farming. Family farmers are greatly important for the growth of the country," said Jefferson Coriteac, head of the Special Secretariat for Family Farming and Agrarian Development.

According to the latest Agricultural Census, family farming is the basis of the economy for 90% of all Brazilian municipalities with up to 20,000 inhabitants.

It is also responsible for the income of 40% of the country's economically active population and more than 70% of Brazilians employed in the field.

Family farming produces 70% of all beans produced in Brazil, 34% of rice, 87% of cassava, 46% of corn, 38% of coffee and 21% of wheat.

The sector is also responsible for 60% of all milk production and 59% of the country's herds of pig, 50% of poultry and 30% of cattle.

Coriteac explains that 84% of all rural properties in Brazil are owned by family farmers.