Em “Trade for development?: Brazil and China in the soy world-market”, publicado nos Anais da 104th Annual Meeting of the American Sociologial Association, realizada em Agosto de 2009 em San Francisco (EUA), aponto para as limitadas e ambíguas possibilidades de desenvolvimento do Brasil abertas pela ascensão da China como principal importador de soja brasileira.
Resumo: “Soybean agriculture has been an important economic activity in Brazil in the past three decades and the country is the second world exporter of soybeans. However, in spite of its dramatically growing domestic and international relevance, soybean agriculture has not been clearly associated with a pro-poor economic growth in the country. This paper examines a possible determinant of the developmental outcomes of soybean agriculture in Brazil – its relation with China, the world main importer of the product – based on information from newspapers and scientific literature and on quantitative data. We conclude that Sino-Brazilian relations in the soy world-market present elements of cooperation for international development but also some asymmetries that reproduce global hierarchies of wealth.”