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Embrapa

Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária

The Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária, Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) is a Brazilian state enterprise founded on 26 April 1973 and specialising in agronomy. It is largely responsible for Brazil’s transformation into a major agricultural power, having in particular adapted the most common varieties (wheat, maize, soya) to the subtropical climate of a large part of Brazil, especially the sertão and the cerrado. On 12 March 2013, Embrapa and Agropolis Fondation signed a framework agreement on research and higher education. This provides a framework for conducting joint actions between the partners to foster scientific cooperation. This implies research and training activities in agriculture and sustainable development between France and Brazil with the goal of contributing to knowledge sharing and scientific capacity building.
This scientific cooperation is operationalized through projects submitted jointly by Brazilian and French teams to finance research and mobility for Brazilian and French researchers and students, in particular on questions linked to the development of Mediterranean, tropical and temperate regions with:

  • the response to growing demand for the use of plants and products derived from plants for food and non-food uses
  • interactions between climate change and agriculture
  • the prevention and management of risks linked to agricultural and agri-food production systems.