Amazon ‘soy belt’ will feed global thirst for Brazil’s commodities

Diálogo Chino, Sam Cowie, Avener Prado in 04/05/2021

In Humaitá, on the banks of the Madeira River, an infrastructure project touted to bring growth and progress fuels fears of deforestation.

The “Soy Belt” will integrate Humaitá, a city that has been plagued by illegal deforestation, with the Amazon river logistics corridor, which already handles one-fifth of Brazil’s soy exports. From the new port, according to local specialists, the cargo will be shipped along the Madeira and Amazon rivers before going abroad, mainly to China and Europe.

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