Agriculture and Food Industry
Brazil, an important granary of the world
It's easy to explain why Brazil is considered an important granary of the world. With a favorable climate, plenty of sunlight, abundance of land, no less than 12% of all fresh water available in the planet and 388 million hectares (958 million acres) of fertile and cultivable land, the country will be the world's largest producer of agricultural products by the end of this decade, according to estimates by FAO, the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture. The country occupies the third position in primary products exports.
Brazilian production of grains (soya, corn, wheat, rice and beans) shall achieve 222.7 million tons in the 2022 2023 harvest, an increase of about 20% on 2012/2013. With 209 million cattle, the country has the largest commercial herd in the world. Modern, efficient and productive, Brazilian agribusiness is also safe, quality, prosperous and profitable.
Advanced agricultural implements and surveys on all fronts, led by Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Embrapa, are in the basis of this success. Bound by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, Embrapa enables research, development and innovation solutions aiming at the sustainability of agriculture and the benefit of society. In order to help building Brazilian leadership in agriculture, Embrapa count on about 2,400 researchers with high degree of specialization that produce technologies that guarantee excellent production standards. Sanitary and phytosanitary negotiations with several countries seek always the best procedures aiming at protecting the life and health of people and animals, as well as preserve plants.
The exuberance, quality and sustainability characterize of Brazilian agribusiness set the supporting base of the advanced food industry of the country and of its exports. Brazil is a leader in the export of coffee, sugar, orange juice, beef, chicken, beans, oil and soybean meal, and tobacco. The country occupies the position of second largest producer of biscuits, with 1.242 million tons produced in 2010. Enjoy a Brazilian wine label in foreign markets is becoming synonymous with sophistication. Sparkling wines are leading the best-seller list, based on generous crops of quality grapes. The total volume of wines and sparkling wines exported in 2012 was 6.16 million liters, valued at US$ 6.8 billion, 51 % more than in 2011. Specialty coffees, with high quality, also earn space: coffee industry exported US$ 8.7 billion in 2011. More than 1.5 thousand different products are exported to countries in Europe, Asia, Americas and Middle East.