By Gabriel Araújo
SAO PAULO, March 4 (Reuters) – Farmers in Brazil fed about 10% of the world’s 7.76 billion population last year, a study released Thursday by the state-owned agricultural research institute, Embrapa found.
The study focused on Brazilian grain and vegetable oil production as these are considered staple foods that can be used either for direct human consumption or as animal feed for meat processing, Embrapa said in a statement.
These findings highlight the country’s strength as a global agricultural powerhouse, as the South American country has gone from being a net food importer in recent decades to the world’s largest exporter of products such as soybeans, beef and chicken which it sells to China, the European Union. , and much more.
Embrapa said researchers used two methodologies to estimate how many people Brazilian farmers would feed in 2020.
For one thing, which the researchers found the most reliable, they used the international price of Brazilian grain, as calculated by the International Monetary Fund, to get the result. Based on these calculations, Embrapa found Brazil fed 772.6 million people last year, including more than half a billion abroad.
In another calculation, based on the country’s physical grain production reducing food imports, they found Brazil was feeding an estimated 637 million people worldwide in 2020, including 212.3 million domestically.
Brazil accounted for 8% of global grain production last year, up from 6% in 2011, Embrapa concluded using the latter methodology. (Reporting by Gabriel Araújo and Ana Mano. Written by Ana Mano. Editing by Sam Holmes.)
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