The issues of global climate change, environmental preservation, as well as land use and food security have emerged as dominant themes on the international agenda. Nowhere is the convergence of these issues more apparent than in Brazil—a major food supplier and owner of more than 65 percent of the Amazon rain forest—and, especially, in the state of Mato Grosso. The third largest Brazilian state, Mato Grosso ,borders the southern stretches of the Amazon biome. As Brazil's leading producer of various foodstuffs, the state is at the center of a broader debate about economic development and environmental sustainability. To advance dialogue and promote effective policy that addresses these interlinked issues, the Brazil Institute convened a seminar on December 4, 2008, focused on "Agriculture and Sustainability" with the principal stakeholders.
Soy, biofuels, all the other commodities you may have heard linked to Amazon deforestation — they are as nothing compared to beef. There are good reasons why ranching thrives in the Amazon: land is free or cheap in most of it, cattle need minimal care, and they can walk to market.
For now, Rousseff's comfortable position in opinion polls gives her space in Davos to talk about plans for fiscal tightening and economic opening, which would create confidence among investors, writes Paulo Sotero.
The Brazil Institute announces the launch of its 2006 Elections Website, dedicated to October's Presidential Elections.
American Chamber of Commerce of São Paulo monthly magazine highlights Brazil Institute.
In the Second Brazilian Congressional Study Mission on Innovation, a group of Brazilian congressmen and senators visited to Europe to learn about innovation policies.
Governor of the state of Bahia, Jaques Wagner discussed a diversity of issues, ranging from Brazilian politics and democracy to economic development. He also assessed the domestic challenges and opportunities the Brazilian government faces in transforming the immense and unshaken popularity of President Lula into an effective political instrument to advance a stalled policy agenda with three years left in his presidency.