IFPRI webcast: transforming agriculture in Brazil and beyond

Ulrich Morawetz

IFPRI (International Food Policy Institute)  und Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply) organiseren eine Veranstaltung zum Thema:

"Transforming Agriculture: Experiences and Insights from Brazil and Beyond"

Die Veranstaltung findet am 15. Mai in Washington statt. Der Webcast startet um 18.15 mitteleuropäischer Zeit. Zur Anmeldung für den Webcast.

Aus dem Einladungstext:

Successful agricultural transformations around the world provide critical lessons and offer insights into opportunities for other countries seeking to take this step forward.
At this special event, we will learn about Brazil’s agricultural transformation from Embrapa’s President, Maurício Lopes.  IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan will share insights from Asian countries, ERS Administrator Mary Bohman will review the experience of the United States, and Asia-Brazil Agro Alliance President Marcos Jank will discuss the role of the food industry in agricultural transformation.

Speakers:

  • Maurício Antônio Lopes, President, Embrapa
  • Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI
  • Mary Bohman, Administrator, Economic Research Service, USDA
  • Marcos Sawaya Jank, President, Asia-Brazil Agro Alliance and IFPRI Board Member  

Introductory Remarks

  • Geraldo B. Martha Jr.,  Coordinator, Embrapa, Labex-USA

Moderator

  • Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, IFPRI

 

Eine Einstimmung auf die Diskussion könnte folgendes Bild von der European Space Agency geben (Original bei Flickr):

Aus der Bildbeschreibung:

Central-eastern Brazil
Sentinel-2A takes us over central-eastern Brazil – more specifically where the Bahia, Tocantins and Goiás states meet.

Here we can see a large, flat plateau blanked with fields benefiting from rich soils and an apparent abundance of water, before falling off into a green, hilly valley (left). The straight lines in the image are roads, such as the highway running in a nearly straight line from the centre-top to bottom of the image.

The area is particularly known for soybean production. The country’s soybean output has increased by more than 3000% since the 1970s, and Brazil is the second largest global producer of soybeans after the US.
 
Other crops in this area include corn, coffee and cotton.
 
A distinctive feature in this image is the circles – mainly at the centre. These shapes were created by a central-pivot irrigation system, where a long water pipe rotates around a well at the centre of each plot. The varying colours show different types of crop, or different stages of growth.

Credit: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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