Fast facts

66.3% (or 5.6m km2) of Brazilian territory is covered in protected native vegetation. 1/2 of all protected native vegetation in Brazil is on farmers’ properties

The protected native vegetation includes conservation units (13.1% of Brazil’s territory), indigenous lands (13.8%), native vegetation in rural properties (33.2%) and preserved public and private areas (6.2%).

The remaining 33.7% are left for native and planted pastures (21.2%), cropland and planted forests (9%), and urban areas (3.5%).

The Amazon biome comprises some 75% of all protected areas in Brazil. At 4.2m km2 it is roughly the same size as the entire EU (4.3m km2) and represents around 50% of the entire land mass of Brazil.

Between 2006 and 2017 the forest area in Brazil increased by 11.4%.

Brazil is #1 producer and exporter of coffee, sugar and orange juice globally. It is also #1 exporter of poultry, beef and soyabean in the world.

Main productsWorld ranking
World ranking
Percentage of global exports
Sugarcane 48%
Coffee 25%
Orange juice77%
Soyabeans 48%
Poultry meat35%
Beef 19%
Maize 20%
Soya oil14%
Soyabean meal24%
Cotton 11%
Pork 10%

3.7m farmers and farm workers trained in 2017

Brazil’s national rural learning service SENAR has trained more that 70m rural producers and workers since its inception in 1991

SENAR’s 6,000 instructors conduct vocational courses and provide technical assistance across all 26 states of Brazil.

The educational handbooks cover more than 300 rural occupations – from hand milking to precision crop management.