Brazil, MST impact: comparing cost of job creation and income of landless

May 9, 2015

Another way of looking at it is in terms of the cost of creating a new job. Estimates of the cost of creating a job in the commercial sector of Brazil range from 2 to 20 times more than the cost of establishing an unemployed head of household on farm land, through agrarian reform. Land reform beneficiaries in Brazil have an annual income equivalent to 3.7 minimum wages, while still landless laborers average only 0.7 of the minimum. Infant mortality among families of beneficiaries has dropped to only half of the national average.

 

Source: Rosset, Peter, "World Food Summit/Five Years Later Civil Society Input/Case Studies," June 2002

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