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The poor soil of the barn of the world: forestry development and fight against hunger in the Brazilian Amazon


The article deals with the actions of international agencies in development projects in the Amazon region in the 1950s and 1960s. FAO and UNICEF worked with the purpose of developing a forestry economy and reducing hunger in the Amazon, respectively. The article shows that these agencies had to adapt to local conditions, that they have at times argued with Brazilian authorities and have presented peculiar views on the Amazon and its inhabitants.

Amazon history; FAO history; international cooperation.

Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de História Contemporânea do Brasil da Fundação Getúlio Vargas Secretaria da Revista Estudos Históricos, Praia de Botafogo, 190, 14º andar, 22523-900 - Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Tel: (55 21) 3799-5676 / 5677 - Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brazil