Soybeans, poverty and inequality in the Brazilian Amazon

Weinhold, Diana, Killick, Evan and Reis, Eustáquio J (2013) Soybeans, poverty and inequality in the Brazilian Amazon. World Development, 52. pp. 132-143. ISSN 0305-750X

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Abstract

Using a mixed-method approach of econometric and ethnographic field research, this article examines the social and eco- nomic costs and benefits of increases in soybean production in the Brazilian Amazon. Statistical analysis suggests that increased soy production both reduces poverty indicators and raises median rural incomes, but is also associated with increased measures of inequality. Qualitative fieldwork sheds light on the wider political and social causes and consequences of this increasing inequality, pointing to eth- nic differences between large soy farmers and local populations that raise long standing prejudices and tensions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Evan Killick
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2013 09:12
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 07:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45985

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