Brazil has a population of more than 200 million people. The agriculture and food sector in Brazil accounts for 5-10% of gross national income.
It employs from 10-15% of the country’s working population, and agricultural and food trade generates up to 30% of national exports.
Agricultural production focuses on the following food crops: cassava, maize, soybean, rice and banana.
80-94% of the food energy consumed in Brazil comes from crops that are not native to the region.
Brazil ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in 2006, joining 142 other contracting parties in commitment to the global system. Additionally, Brazil has contributed USD 30,000 to the Crop Trust Endowment Fund.