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Sugarcane productive restructuring and implications for seated workers' health in the Paranapanema Pontal (SP)

Grant number: 17/11731-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2017
Effective date (End): March 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal Investigator:Marcelo Dornelis Carvalhal
Grantee:Angela dos Santos Machado
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:12/23959-9 - Mapping and analysis of territory of sugarcane agrohidrobusiness in the Pontal do Paranapanema region - São Paulo State - Brazil labor relations, conflict and land and water use and environmental health, AP.BIOEN.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):18/12944-7 - Labor, resistance and health of peasantry in Brazil and in Mexico, BE.EP.MS


The Paranapanema Pontal is a conflictive territory, composed of vacant and grabbed lands, source of disputes between landowners, business groups of sugarcane agro-hydro-business and movements for agrarian reform. The process of sugarcane expansion in the region led to the "enclosure" of the settlements by the cane plantations. Due to several difficulties or, even, to obtain resources for improvement of the lot itself, seated workers have sought employment in sugarcane mills. Currently, the sugarcane harvesting process is at an advanced stage of mechanization, therefore, these workers can act in the most varied functions as tractors, harvester operators, drivers, among others. In this research, we aimed to understand the implications for settlers´ health who work in sugarcane mills, in this current phase of productive process restructuring, taking into account the intensification and precarious forms of work in sugarcane industry. (AU)