Rural Settlements in Mato Grosso: an Analysis of the Agrarian Reform Census Data
This paper described the characteristics of Mato Grosso’s settlements part of the land reform program.
The first part describes the historical roots of the land concentration problem, with a short history of the colonization
projects, the land ownership pattern and the laws that favored large farms which characterize Mato Grosso’s nowadays
agriculture. The second and most important part describes the rural settlements using the Agrarian Reform Census
data of 2002, comparing the results with other studies at national and state levels. The work contributes to regional
literature offering descriptions of rural settlements and highlighting the small scale agriculture of the state.