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Productive regional specialization and territorial vulnerability: local implications of the expansion and crisis of the sugarcane industry in Brazil

Grant number: 17/15377-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2018
Effective date (End): January 22, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal researcher:Ricardo Abid Castillo
Grantee:Henrique Faria dos Santos
Home Institution: Instituto de Geociências (IG). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/19082-3 - Globalized Agribusiness, Neoliberalism and Territorial Vulnerability: analysis of sugarcane industry in Brazil, BE.EP.DR


This study purposes to analyze the productive regional specialization and the territorial vulnerability associated to expansion of sugarcane industry in the Brazilian territory. This research will identify the most vulnerable places regarding to suspension of sugarcane industry activities', as well as to evaluate the main implications of this process in some municipalities of the Centro-Sul region in Brazil. In recent years, many companies in the industry sugarcane have gone bankrupt or in receivership after the international financial crisis in 2007-2008. The temporary or permanent suspension of the activities of the sugarcane industry units is resulting several economic, social and environmental problems in the specialized municipalities and very dependent of the production and/or processing of sugarcane, damaging the local populations and governments. The corporative organization and the territory use by agents of sugarcane complex increase the subordination of places to market instabilities and to decisions of companies and of federal government, as the countryside and cities become highly functional to sector in the main sugarcane productive regions. (AU)

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