Brazil: Infrastructure Developments in Brazil’s Northern Arc

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Brazil is one of the largest agricultural commodity producers in the world and is continuing to expand its production. In 2016/2017, Brazil produced an estimated 98.5 million metric tons (mmt) of corn and 114 mmt of soybean, record levels for both crops. However, Brazil’s infrastructure still lags behind other countries. Many of its main grain transport roads are still partially unpaved and very few railways are available for agricultural transport. Improvements to infrastructure are slowly being made and transportation costs have dropped in recent years, but there are still many areas that need to be improved for Brazil’s exports to remain competitive, especially in Brazil’s north and center-west regions.

Brazil: Infrastructure Developments in Brazil’s Northern Arc