The potential of agribusiness in the frontier
The sharp contrast between the universal crises faced by the Brazilian economy
during the 80s and the quite successful picture shown by the country’s agribusiness have
been widely recognized. Amongst the positive aspects revealed by the sector’s performance,
the remarkable capacity to attract capital from the Center-South to the frontier must be
stressed. This article’s main subject is the expansion-cum-transformation of the Centro-
Oeste agribusiness frontier. It also analyses the recent changes occurred in the Brazilian
agricultural policy and the answers provided by the private sector.
JEL Classification: Q17; F14.
Keywords: Agriculture economic growth new trade theory exports