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How global agribusiness in Brazil is destroying indigenous peoples’ lives

The Kaiowá and Guarani peoples’ lives are being affected by the intensification and expansion of agribusiness focused on foreign markets

Global agribusiness ins threatening the lives of indigenous Brazilians. Photo: Paralaxis/Shutterstock
Global agribusiness ins threatening the lives of indigenous Brazilians. Photo: Paralaxis/Shutterstock

For more than half a century, the indigenous Kaiowá and Guarani people of Brazil have been deprived of their ancestral lands and consigned to small reserves where it is impossible to maintain their traditional livelihoods. Generations of these indigenous peoples’ lives have been marked by violence and vulnerability as they have tried to reclaim what, according to the Brazilian constitution, is rightfully theirs.

And now we have found that increasing globalization is posing an urgent threat. In March 2018, as part of the Global-Rural research project based at Aberystwyth University, we visited the Kaiowá and Guarani people who live near Dourados, in the southwestern...

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