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Brazil cabinet clashes put spotlight on land reform

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Significance

Abreu's comments triggered a torrent of criticism, particularly from environmental and land reform groups. Moreover, numerous media outlets have since cited data collected by the National Institute for Colonisation and Agrarian Reform (INCRA), which tracks land holdings in Brazil, showing that such large holdings not only exist but increased by 48% in total area between 2003 and 2010.

Impacts

  • The government's focus on economic development may widen rifts with traditional supporters such as the Landless Workers' Movement (MST).
  • Abreu's appointment suggests that the government will prioritise agribusiness over environmental concerns.
  • Cabinet conflicts are unlikely to be limited to the agriculture-related portfolios.
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