Brazil’s plan to become the world’s number one cotton exporter

Brazil's cotton industry has come on leaps and bounds in recent decades, backed up by a commitment to sustainable farming

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Cotton farming in Brazil. Photo: Rudiney/Abrapa

For decades, Brazil has been a veritable dark horse in the world of cotton production. Flying under the radar of global leaders India, China, and the U.S., the country is now the second-largest exporter of the textile and has its eye on the number one spot by 2030.

In the 2019-2020 harvest, Brazil broke records by exporting 1.95 million tons and hopes to sell over 2 million during the current cycle. Over 98 percent of Brazilian cotton sold abroad goes to Asia: 31% to China, 15% to Vietnam, 12% to Bangladesh, 11% to Pakistan, and 10% to Indonesia.

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