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Regional competitiveness of sugarcane agribusiness in the mesoregion of the Triângulo Mineiro/Alto Paranaíba: globalized scientific agriculture and social and environmental implications on the municipality of Uberaba-MG

Grant number: 15/02028-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2015
Effective date (End): February 28, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Ricardo Abid Castillo
Grantee:Henrique Faria dos Santos
Home Institution: Instituto de Geociências (IG). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The present research project aims to analyze the regional competitiveness of the sugar cane agribusiness in the mesoregion of Triângulo Mineiro/Alto Paranaíba. The research will seek to identify and interpret the main natural, geo-economic and political/institutional factors that confer competitiveness to the agents of the productive space circuit of the sugarcane industry. Therefore, we propose to evaluate the main technical-scientific and regulatory demands and the social and environmental implications of the expansion of globalized scientific farming of sugarcane, from a study on the municipality of Uberaba/MG. The proposal is justified by the fact that large areas of the Brazilian territory have been intensively occupied by or converted to sugarcane plantations to meet the strong demand of ethanol, sugar and bioelectricity markets, a process that has favored the increase of forms of accumulation by dispossession/spoliation, especially since 2003, when the sugar-energy industry became highly controlled by large groups of national and transnational companies. (AU)

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