Brazil is a key agricultural and industrial power with the strongest economy in Latin America. However, despite recent improvements in income distribution, poverty remains widespread, with income inequality a significant challenge at the root of rural poverty. Approximately 35 percent of the population lives on less than two dollars per day; in rural areas, this increases to 51 percent (IFAD 2012). Since approximately 19 percent of Brazil’s population lives in rural areas, this means that Brazil has about 18 million poor rural people.

Agricultural Production
Agricultural Production2013201420152016
Rice Production
FAO 2016
11,782,549 MT12,175,602 MT12,301,201 MT10,622,189 MT
Wheat Production
FAO 2016
5,738,473 MT6,261,895 MT5,508,451 MT6,834,421 MT
Maize Production
FAO 2016
80,273,172 MT79,881,614 MT85,284,656 MT64,143,414 MT
Soybean Production
FAO 2016
81,724,477 MT86,760,520 MT97,464,936 MT96,296,714 MT
Agricultural Exports
Agricultural Exports2013201420152016
Rice Exports
FAO 2016
816,398 MT837,231 MT883,978 MT630,328 MT
Wheat Exports
FAO 2016
1,188,299 MT277,001 MT1,778,873 MT713,313 MT
Maize Exports
FAO 2016
26,624,890 MT20,654,640 MT28,923,951 MT21,873,310 MT
Soybean Exports
FAO 2016
42,796,106 MT45,692,000 MT54,324,238 MT51,581,875 MT
Agricultural Imports
Agricultural Imports2010201120122013
Rice Imports
FAO 2013
747,909 MT580,594 MT693,757 MT737,363 MT
Wheat Imports
FAO 2012
6,323,216 MT5,740,453 MT6,580,434 MT7,273,279 MT
Maize Imports
FAO 2016
462,539 MT656,336 MT830,443 MT911,387 MT
Soybean Imports
FAO 2016
117,840 MT40,981 MT266,464 MT282,813 MT