RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - It is very difficult to imagine agribusiness in the South Region of Brazil if the sector were not led by cooperatives. These organizations have always been present in the three southern states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, mainly because of the productive profile of the rural areas. Even today, when agriculture is no longer the only main activity, small plots of land predominate.
Data from IBGE show that the average size of farms in the Southern Region is slightly less than 50 hectares. Although there has been an increase of 8 hectares . . .