Brazilian dry-beans and food security in developing countries

Eduardo Botti Abbade (Center for Agribusiness Studies (CEPAN), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil)
Homero Dewes (Center for Agribusiness Studies (CEPAN), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil)

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2044-0839

Publication date: 11 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

Considering Brazil as a food producer with global prominence and the urgency for food security in some developing countries, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the exports of Brazilian dry-beans against food security of its buyers.

Design/methodology/approach

The investigation was conducted through analysis of data from official databases as FAO and WHO. This study elaborated dispersion maps crossing characteristics of the international buyers of Brazilian dry-beans considering their food security situations.

Findings

Brazil has a high domestic consumption of dry-beans, and exports are seen as a secondary activity. However, its production is superior to their domestic needs. Exports of Brazilian dry-beans are generally volatile and unstable. Evidence suggests that countries with serious problems of child and population’s malnutrition (e.g. India and Angola) buy more Brazilian dry-beans. However, their domestic consumptions are still low.

Research limitations/implications

This research based only on exports of dry-bean is faced as a significant limitation. Future studies adding other staple foods commonly consumed by economically disadvantaged populations may contribute to the investigation of the role of Brazil against the need for food security in developing countries and emerging economies.

Social implications

Social implications are focussed in the pursuit of malnutrition decrease in the populations of developing countries through the consumption of nutritionally rich and economically viable food, such as dry-beans.

Originality/value

The original value is based on the analysis of Brazilian dry-beans production and trades and its potential to contribute to nutritional safety and food security in developing countries.

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Citation

Botti Abbade, E. and Dewes, H. (2014), "Brazilian dry-beans and food security in developing countries", Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 115-132. https://doi.org/10.1108/JADEE-06-2012-0015

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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