21.01.2019 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Cadeia agroindustrial do leite no Brasil: diagnóstico dos fatores limitantes à competitividade

The Ministry of Industry, External Trade and Services, in cooperation with UNESCO in Brazil, has published this study with the objective of assessing the challenges that should be faced for the country to occupy a greater place in the world production and trade of milk and dairy products. The study also aimed at consolidating data on national and international production and competitiveness; measuring the interaction difference between the technological links and standards of the national and international production chains; as well as proposing public policies and strategies for coordinated businesses. The study is structured on chapters that bring detailed information related to the objectives above mentioned. It also presents a proposal of actions for the agricultural and industrial milk chain in Brazil, and it shows ways for the public and private sectors to act together in favour of the Brazilian milk production sustainable future.

The agricultural business plays an important role in the economies of developing countries with the increase of productive chains globally integrated. The world milk industry presents impressive indicators: 133 million properties keep 363 million milk cattle, occupying 20% of the agricultural lands of the planet. Over 600 million people live in milk properties. Only 0.3% of these properties have over 100 cows, demonstrating the importance of the family and subsistence farming. Milk is the third product and the first in monetary value of the total farming production, providing 5% of body energy, 10% of protein, and 9% of fat of the world consumption. (Global Dairy Platform, 2017).

Brazil is the fifth greatest milk producer in the world. Thus, its milk agricultural and industrial chain presents great social and economic relevance for the country.There are almost 1.2 million milk producers distributed in 99% the Brazilian municipalities. But its low level of medium technological tools linked to the lack of professionalized management in the majority of the properties leads the Brazilian milk industry to reach technical indicators below its potential.

Author: André Sorio
Brasilia: Ministério da Indústria, Comércio Exterior e Serviços, 2018. 167 p.

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