Brazil transfers agricultural technology to countries in Africa and South America
06/08/2012 02:55 - Portal Brasil
Researchers from South America and Africa will discuss until Friday (4) experiments in agriculture during the 2012 Forum: Africa - Brazil - Latin American and Caribbean Platform for Agricultural Innovation. The Forum is an initiative of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa), the Ministry of Agriculture, the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
According to the director of ABC, Minister Marco Farani, the main result of this initiative is the progress of research in each country. "This initiative is important because it brings Brazilian scientists closer to Latin American and African scientists". The CEO of Embrapa, Peter Arraes, said that the company and its partners are providing conditions for researchers in these countries so that they may have large research companies. "Today, technology is global. What we are doing is giving them the conditions so that they may count on large research companies".
Twenty projects from African countries were approved in order to join the Brazil-Africa platform this year, and five projects from South America countries through the Latin America and Caribbean-Brazilian platform of Agricultural Innovation. Each project is worth about US$ 80,000. The researchers will be trained by technicians from Embrapa.