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The structural heterogeneity of family farming in Brazil

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The structural heterogeneity of family farming in Brazil

Author: Vieira Filho, José Eustáquio Ribeiro Physical Description: p. 99-115; grafs., tabls. Date: December 2013 ECLAC symbol: LC/G.2597-P


Regional and productive inequality may stem from the agricultural modernization
process, in which some agents are able to incorporate and absorb technological
content, while others are excluded, not only from the innovative organizational
environment, but also from learning processes and the dissemination of new
production techniques and knowledge. This paper analyses family farming, by
making comparisons in regional terms and by groups of producers using high,
medium and low technology. It also calculates the productive inequality index (Gini
coefficient of gross income) of the north, north-east, centre-west, south-east and
south regions. In view of the regional differentiation, the size of enterprises and the
various levels of technological growth, public policies should focus on reducing the
disparities that hamper the dissemination of new knowledge and productivity growth
among economic agents, leading to greater productive inclusion.