Feeding the World: Brazil's Transformation into a Modern Agricultural Economy investigates how Brazil grew into a modern agricultural powerhouse in the second half of the twentieth century. Herbert S. Klein and Francisco Vidal Luna focus specifically on commercial agriculture. Their definition of modernization includes crop diversification, the occupation of new spaces, and the adoption of technology to boost farm productivity. From roughly 1960, Brazil evolved into a globally competitive and diverse agricultural exporter. Brazil provides a compelling case study of agricultural modernization in dialogue with global trends. While many other countries pursued similar changes at the same time, Brazil carved out a remarkably large share of the global marketplace.

The first half of the book traces the causes and catalysts of modernization at a national level, while the second delves into state-based case studies of Mato Grosso, São Paulo, and Rio Grande...

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