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Brasilian and argentina presence in the acquisition of land in Paraguay: impacts and resistences

Grant number: 15/07057-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2015
Effective date (End): November 01, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography
Principal Investigator:Bernardo Mançano Fernandes
Grantee:Lorena Izá Pereira
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):16/19533-7 - Theoretical and conceptual preparation for the study of foreignization of land in Paraguay, BE.EP.MS


In 2007/2008, because of the agri-food crisis caused by the expansion of bioenergy production, began a new period of intensification of land grabbing, also called global land rush. This process is taking place on a global scale, especially in some African countries (Sub-Saharan) and Latin America, the main targets of the current global competition for land, where agricultural land with high availability of water resources has low prices and ineffective legislation, especially in Question environmental and labor. Paraguay is one of the countries impacted by this process having Brazil and Argentina as major investor countries in buying land. The Brazilian and Argentine owners presence in Paraguay prior to the 2007/2008 crisis and has led to conflicts between farmers in these three countries. This is the object of this project, which aims to study this conflict generated before and after the crisis. The central issue is to understand how the crisis intensified or not the expansion of Brazilian and Argentine farmers in Paraguay. Therefore, the situations of the Paraguayan peasant agriculture and Paraguayan capitalist farmers, Brazil and Argentina will be analyzed. The main objective of this project is the territorial analysis of the development of the Paraguayan agriculture, through the study of agrarian and land policies, for understanding today of the agrarian question in the context of land grabbing, contributing to explain this process in three countries of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUL). To achieve this goal, Brazil and Argentina will also be studied, because they are also impacted by this process, so that will be analyzed to know how Brazilian and Argentinean capital impact Paraguay and capital as other countries impact Brazil and Argentina. (AU)

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