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Brazil

Welcome to the price transmission page for Brazil. This page enables you to look into the country and its crops more specifically to gain an understanding of the level of risk and also, to view its historic warning periods per commodity. Select a time range or a specific date to view the data in more detail.

Brazil

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Background information

Preceding the global financial crisis in 2008-09, Brazil accounted for strong economic growth rates. The crisis however hit the economy hard due to its economic structure, as Brazil had been dependent on international prices for its commodity-based exports.  Moreover, low productivity levels had been magnified by high operational costs. Despite the harsh economic situation, unemployment and inequality levels could be improved throughout the last years.

Brazil´s agricultural production comprises coffee, soybeans, wheat, rice, corn, sugarcane, cocoa, citrus and beef. The sector as a whole accounts only for 5.9% of the total GDP and employing roughly one-sixth of the labor force. Despite the relatively low size of the agricultural sector with respect to the total GDP, Brazil is a net cereal exporter.

Significant measures have to be undertaken in order to reduce widespread poverty and malnutrition: approximately 20% of the total population lives in poverty and 4% even lives in extreme poverty. It is moreover estimated that 7% of the Brazilian children suffer from malnutrition. Owing to its macroeconomic indicators, Brazil nevertheless scored 0.755 in the HDI (2014) and therefore ranks in the category of countries exhibiting a high human development.