August 1, 2006
Sugar cane and green pastures.Brazil is the largest producer and exporter of both sugar and oranges, and the second largest producer of soy and ethanol. It's also home to the largest commercial cattle herd on the globe. Agribusiness has become one of the most dynamic sectors of the Brazilian economy in recent years, responsible for 33% of the country's gross domestic product and 38% of exports. Brazil's National Agricultural Confederation expects the country's agricultural exports this year to reach $43 billion more than three times what producers shipped out in 1996.
With its growing might, Brazilian agribusiness needs agile financing. Recent regulatory changes have made
Brazil's massive agribusiness sector is attracting private equity, venture capital and other sophisticated forms of investment.