Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world, with an extensive surface of continuous land, a large supply of fresh water, abundant solar energy, and a rich biodiversity.
The wide range of climatic conditions, from temperate to tropical, together with advanced capacity in technology development, allowed considerable diversification of agricultural systems in the country, which has become one of the world’s largest producers of food, feed, fibers and renewable fuels.
In this presentation we will show the impact of research and innovation in the process of agricultural modernization in Brazil, and the need of science and technology to face future challenges.
Pedro Luiz Oliveira de Almeida Machado is Soil Scientist of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, EMBRAPA. He was Director General of the Embrapa Rice and Beans and is presently stationed in the Embrapa LABEX Europe office in Montpellier. He is the EMBRAPA representative to promote scientific collaboration in Europe.