40% of Brazil's Rural Area Owned By 1.4% of Landholders

17 October 2013

Forty percent of the 509 million hectares of land classified as "rural property" in Brazil is owned by 1.4 percent of rural households, finds a new analysis conducted by a group of Brazilian NGO's.

The study, published in a series of infographics and charts on republicadosruralistas.com.br, shows that a small class of rural property owners continue to control vast holdings despite efforts to more equitably distribute land. Three percent of rural property holders registered under the National Institute for Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA) control 55 percent of the country's rural land area. Meanwhile smallholders who make up 86 percent of registered properties control only 21 percent of rural land.

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