Geographic Information Systems as a Tool to Display Agribusiness and Human Development Synergy

  • Rodrigo Martins MoreiraEmail author
Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)


Agribusiness is one of Brazilian economy’s main pillars. In this scenario, soybean was the most exported agricultural commodity in 2017. International markets have postulated requirements demanding that this commodity way of production be adapted to environmentally friendly best practices. Brazilian producers have positively responded to these demands by implementing best practices in soil and water resources’ usage, producing more by exploiting less. This work explores how Geographic Information System, free and open source software, can be used to graphically present agricultural and human development synergy. Data regarding soybean production, Human Development Index (HDI), from 2000 and 2010 were compared. QuantumGis software was used to graphically express changes in soybean production and HDI at Goiás mesoregions. This work’s main findings show that municipalities that increased soybean production also increased its HDI; the use of GIS software is an effective and low-cost tool to present agribusiness information to stakeholders.


Environmental management Moran index Spatial social data distribution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental EngineeringFederal University of RondôniaJi-ParanáBrazil

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