Commodities and Rail in Globalizing Brazil



Brazil’s boom in commodities during the last part of the twentieth century put its central plateau on a path of transformation and prominence in national development. This potential hinges on railroads and roads to move grains to ports on the Atlantic and thence to the outside world. After discussing agrarian expansion in the untamed savannahs of central Brazil, this chapter focuses on two railroad projects: a private initiative to connect the key state of Mato Grosso to the port of Santos and a federal alternative to reach ports in the north. Together with a rail bypass around the São Paulo metropolitan area, these projects help address key questions about public-private collaboration in infrastructure.


Private Sector Railroad Network Central Plateau Rail Network Federal Authority 
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