Balance of the Agrarian Question in Brazil in 2021 (CPT Northeast II)

The Pastoral Land Commission of the Northeast II publishes the balance of the year 2021 for the peoples of the land, waters and forests. Check out the full analysis:

In 2021, the federal government followed its plans to cause its agricultural land policy and Agrarian Reform for purposes that are the exact opposite to those intended by the Federal Constitution.

While agribusiness broke export records and common goods were enthusiastically delivered by the State to the market, we witnessed an increase in hunger, misery, unemployment and violence in the countryside. Fire and destruction took over the Amazon, the Cerrado and the Caatinga. The continuity of the genocidal and neoliberal policy of the Bolsonaro government aggravated the serious crisis – health, economic, social and political – in the country in the second year of the pandemic.

At the beginning of 2021, Brazil seemed to raise hopes with the expectation of the arrival of the vaccine against Covid-19 and with the record of a fall in the moving average of deaths from the disease at the end of 2020. However, contrary to what was expected, we faced a long period of deaths due to the virus. More than 600,000 lives were lost.

The continuity of the Bolsonaro government's genocidal policy exacerbated the country's serious crisis - health, economic, social and political - in the second year of the pandemic. We are witnessing an increase in the contrast between wealth and extreme poverty, hunger, misery, unemployment and violence in the countryside; while agribusiness broke export records and common goods were enthusiastically delivered by the State to the market.

Despite the limitations imposed by the necessary social isolation, the population, communities, organizations and social movements did not remain silent and sought alternatives, especially through solidarity, to strengthen themselves, denounce injustices and legislative setbacks.

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