As agricultural production surges in Matopiba, what are the consequences for the local economy?

August 1, 2016

Client: Climate Policy Initiative-Brazil | INPUT



The states of Maranhão, Tocantins, Piauí and Bahia, known collectively as MATOPIBA, have emerged as

an important agricultural frontier over the past two decades. The region now produces 10% of the nation’s crops and is an important driver of the expansion in soy and maize production. Despite the importance of MATOPIBA to Brazil’s economy, the impact and extent of this surge in agricultural output has not been thoroughly studied. In order for policymakers and stakeholders to understand more fully how increased production will affect local municipalities, researchers under INPUT (Land Use

Initiative –Iniciativa para o Uso da Terra) examine this expansion.



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