Photo: Evaristo Eduardo de Miranda
Photo: Evaristo Eduardo de Miranda
Report 2016
Matopiba Definition
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Definition of the Matopiba Region opens the way
for the implementation of public policies

The socio-geographic region of the Matopiba (an acronym of the initials of the states of Maranhao, Tocantins, Piaui and Bahia) is characterized by the agricultural frontier expansion based strongly on high productivity technologies. Its geographical boundaries, however, still lacked accuracy, but it was essential to support public and private policies in the region. To meet this need, an agreement between the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA) and Embrapa, through the Territorial Strategic Intelligence Group (GITE), allowed a series of numerical and cartographic procedures, supported by the use of satellite images. As a result of this effort, the area of the Matopiba went on to match the boundaries of 31 IBGE geographical microregions, that bring together 337 municipalities and represent a total of about 73 million acres. It encompasses 324,326 agricultural establishments, 42 conservation units, 28 indigenous lands, 865 land reform settlements and 34 quilombo areas. This demarcation led to the creation by the Presidency of the Republic in 2015 of the Regional Development Agency of the Matopiba, to promote the sustainable economic development of the agricultural and livestock production activities, benefiting a rural population of about 2 million inhabitants. The Territorial Strategic Intelligence System (SITE), structured by the GITE, gathers numeric, cartographic and iconographic data collections integrated into Geographic information systems (GIS) supported in spatial databases from various public institutions. Generally this data is organized into five dimensions: nature, lands, agriculture, socio-economical and infrastructure.

In the case of Matopiba, this dataset is available at the address:

Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)
Secretariat of Management and Institutional Development
Secretariat for Communications

Parque Estação Biológica - PqEB s/n°.
Brasília, DF - Brasil - Zip Code 70770-901
Phone: (5561) 3448-4433 - Fax: (5561) 3347-1041