Maria Luisa Mendonça holds a PhD in Human Geography from University of São Paulo (USP) and is research scholar at Center for Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center. She is co-director of the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil ( and the author of Economia Política do Agronegócio / Political Economy of Agribusiness (Annablume, Sāo Paulo, 2018).

May 28, 2022


Farmland Assets

International finance and the transformation of Brazil’s agricultural lands

The election of Jair Bolsonaro in 2018 commenced a long agenda of environmental destruction in Brazil. Before taking office, Bolsonaro had openly threatened Indigenous communities with racist attacks, commenting that Indigenous peoples should not have “an inch of land” and…