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Rent of agribusiness in the Amazon: A case study from Mato Grosso

Ioris, Antonio A R 2016. Rent of agribusiness in the Amazon: A case study from Mato Grosso. Land Use Policy 59 , pp. 456-466. 10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.09.019

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Abstract

The article analyzes the political-economy of the agriculture frontier in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso to question the productivist argument commonly presented by the agribusiness sector. The assessment makes use of the category of rent considered as a proportion of exchange value diverted from production for the payment to the landowners and its class-based allies. The agriculture frontier in Mato Grosso had basically three main rent extraction periods: a first moment when rent was forged by the state apparatus (1970s–1980s), a second period with serious turbulence and a macroeconomic transition (1980s–1990s) and a third phase with more complex flows of rent due to the neoliberalization of agribusiness (since the late 1990s). At the frontier of agribusiness, agricultural activity depends on combined strategies of rent creation and rent extraction. Empirical results suggest that rent is more than just the extraction of value from the use of land, but there is a wider capture of value from the network of relations that maintain land in production. Rent derives from land through the formation of a powerful network state-landowners-private agroindustrial sector that provides the conditions for rent extraction.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agribusiness; Neoliberalism; State; Mato Grosso; Brazil; Soybean; Frontier; Agrifood; TNC
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0264-8377
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 April 2017
Date of Acceptance: 19 September 2016
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2020 06:58
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/97812

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