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How to Increase the Competitiveness of Small Soy Farmers in Paraguay


  • Maykell Leite Da Costa

    () (Federal University of Santa Maria-RS, Brazil)

  • Andréa Cristina Dörr

    () (Federal University of Santa Maria-RS, Brazil)

  • Jaqueline Carla Guse

    () (Federal University of Santa Maria-RS, Brazil)


Soybean is today the most traded commodity in the global market. Soy is a plant of great importance to human nutrition, animal feed and industries. Based on research efforts conducted in the main soy producing region in Paraguay, the study aimed to characterize the agents involved in the national soy industry and present an overview of the relations between them, particularly between business companies and farmers, with emphasis on small farmers. Emphasis will be given to contractual relations and how they impact the activity. The results indicate that contractual arrangements, formal or not, are tools that contribute to stable relations between the parties, especially in a business so dependent on exogenous factors, as is the case of agriculture. Therefore, it is crucial that the public and/or private organizations encourage the use of contracts to reduce costs and keep the agents in the productive activity.

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  • Maykell Leite Da Costa & Andréa Cristina Dörr & Jaqueline Carla Guse, 2011. "How to Increase the Competitiveness of Small Soy Farmers in Paraguay," Annals of the University of Petrosani, Economics, University of Petrosani, Romania, vol. 11(3), pages 55-68.
  • Handle: RePEc:pet:annals:v:11:y:2011:i:3:p:55-68

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    agro-industrial complex; contractual relations; scenario analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
    • M11 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Production Management
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms


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