Agribusiness Watch is a journalistic observatory focused on the social, environmental, political and economic impacts of the agribusiness industry. From deforestation to human rights violations against indigenous peoples, peasants and other traditional communities. From pesticide overuse to the influence of landowner politicians in the Congress.
We believe independent journalism plays a vital role in democracy, contributing to build a renewed and more humane treatment towards people and the environment.
Our work includes:
- Production of news articles and daily newsletters
- Special investigations: The Political Arc of Deforestation (series funded by the Rainforest Journalism Fund/Pulitzer Center); series exploring the role of politicians and businessmen in the genocide against Guarani Kaiowá people; series of 36 articles examining the expansion of Brazilian landowners in Paraguay
- Cartographic research: Map of Indigenous Lands overlaid by Rural Registries in Brazil; Map of Environmental Fines in Brazil 1995-2019
- Data research and on-demand investigation for the Rapid Response Monitoring System (Aidenvironment/Mighty Earth) and reports Complicity in Destruction I, II and III (Amazon Watch)
- Book publishing: “O Protegido – Por que o país ignora as terras de FHC” (Autonomia Literária, 2019), articles in the Agribusiness Atlas and the dossier Environmental Rights Flexibilization
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Alceu Luís Castilho
Director & Editor-in-chief
Author of the book “Partido da Terra: como os políticos conquistam o território brasileiro” (Contexto, 2012), which led to the creation of the observatory. Alceu holds an undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of São Paulo (USP), and worked for the newspaper O Estado de São Paulo and Reuters Agency. In recent years, as director of Agribusiness Watch, he has published articles in El Pais Brasil and the La Vanguardia (Spain). He has won various prizes for human rights, educational and economic journalism and a scholarship from the Pulitzer Center during the elections of 2020.
Project manager & researcher
Master’s student in Environment and Rural Development at the University of Brasília (UnB). He has a degree in International Relations, having participated in delegations to the Public Forum of the World Trade Organization and the G20 Youth Summit. Responsible for coordinating the Agribusiness Watch’s research area.
He holds an undergraduate degree in graphic design and visual communication from Universidade Paulista de Sorocaba and has worked in the area of advertising and agitation since 2013. Creator of Rubric Project, which brings the graphic scene, workshops and a podcast to the countryside of São Paulo. Felipe is militant in local vegan and ecosocialist movements is passionate about posters and subversive art.
Documentary filmmaker graduated from the University of São Paulo, Laura monitored and documentend the National Truth Commission for Indigenous Peoples, which investigated the violations of rights committed by the Brazilian State during the military dictatorship. She was co-director of the audiovisual series Memória Perigosa and the documentary Vento na Fronteira, which examines the land conflicts between landowners and the Guarani Kaiowá people, in Mato Grosso do Sul.
Journalist graduated from Faculdade Cásper Líbero and playwrighter, Leonardo has over 20 years of experience in various print and digital media, including Brasil Econômico, Revista Fórum, Diário Popular/Diário de S. Paulo, Folha Online, Jornal da Tarde, and Jornal Commercio. Tarde and Jornal do Commercio. He collaborates with The Intercept Brasil and O Joio e o Trigo.
Luma Ribeiro Prado
YouTube Host and screenwriter
She holds a master’s degree in social history from the University of São Paulo. Co-creator of Indigenous History Today, an intercultural platform for debate and dissemination of Indigenous and socio-environmental issues. Winner of the Social History Award (2020), Luma is the author of Cativos Litigantes: Indigenous Demands for Freedom in the Portuguese Amazon, 1706-1759. At Agribusiness Watch, she presents De Olho na Resistencia show and writes the script for De Olho na História.
Assistant editor, reporter and screenwriter
With over 20 years of experience as a journalist. Luís holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of São Paulo, and a master’s degree in development planning from the Federal University of Pará. He was a correspondent for Folha de S.Paulo in Belém (PA), collaborator for Agência Estado, business reporter for AESetorial, executive editor of the newspaper O Liberal and editor of politics and daily life at UOL. He is the author of the educational book Migração – Gente em Movimento and one of the playwrighters of the Palavras para Teatro collection.
Mariana Franco Ramos
Journalist graduated from the Federal University of Paraná and post-graduate student in Human Rights and Global Citizenship at PUC-RS. She has worked for Rede ANDI Brasil, Folha de S.Paulo, Folha de Londrina and Portal Terra, with contributions to Deutsche Welle. Responsible for Agribusiness Watch’s political coverage in Brasilia.
Producer & campaign manager
Student in the master’s programme in Latin American studies at the Universidad Andina Símon Bolívar, Ecuador. Natalie holds a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the Complutense University of Madrid and an undergraduate degree in social communication. She is part of the audiovisual collective Nós, Madalenas, as co-producer and co-screenwriter of a documentary series about domestic labour, land regularisation and indigenous women in Mato Grosso do Sul. At Agribusiness Watch, she coordinates institutional campaigns, produces the audiovisual content and works on the elaboration and development of projects.
With a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Essex, Renata has strong experience in the elaboration, coordination and evaluation of social projects in international relations, human rights, right to the city and environment. She worked as director and municipal secretary of international relations for different municipalities and conducted studies on development and social inclusion in South American cities. She was a member of the coordination team of the Systemic Alternatives Meeting (2019-2020) and was the executive secretary of the Alternative World Water Forum (2018).