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 Facts of Brazil: Contrasts and Challenges

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Brazil is all about contrasts and challenges. It is the 13th largest economy in the world. At the same time, it holds one of the worst wealth distribution ratios in the world. There are those few that are extremely rich, especially in the Southeast and South regions. All while millions of others live in extreme poverty.

Contrasts

These contradictions created a strange picture, mainly in big cities like Sao Paulo, Rio and Salvador. A picture of mansions and upscale buildings lying side by side with shanty towns. 

Decades of corrupt governments, rigid and inhuman International Monetary Fund policies and a high ratio of illiterate people, who lacked the means and understanding of how to improve their lives, were major ingredients to Brazil’s present situation.

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And Challenges

Brazil needs to improve its land reform, which is in progress but slow in action. The country has to broaden social programs, improve the education system greatly and develop a sustainable economic model that creates jobs.

Even though the challenges are huge, Brazil is home to unique natural resources in the world and Brazilians are creative and hardworking.

A good example of how Brazil can “shine” is the Ethanol program as an alternative to gasoline. Brazil developed the program in the 1970’s, while first world nations still debate how to solve the petroleum crisis of the 21st century.

By 2007, Brazil will be fuel independent, which means it will not be a slave to the oil market. Its successful Ethanol program is an example of success in a sensitive area. sugar_cane_al

Brazil is the largest Ethanol producer in the world and the large exporter. The Brazilian Ethanol is produced from Sugar Cane, friendly to both: vehicles and the enviroment.

Yes, Brazil has the resources, natural and human, to change its destiny. But centuries of misconduct will not be fixed in a few decades. It will take time, but it will happen.

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