Brazil and Southern Cone Countries

CIRAD has been working in this region for more than 40 years, and has strong, diverse partnerships there, notably with Brazil, a global agricultural giant. It has around fifteen researchers assigned to the region, most of them in Brazil, conducting research in partnership, particularly with EMBRAPA, leading universities, specialist research centres and private firms. It also has research partnerships in Argentina and Bolivia. Particular attention is focused on Amazonia, the fight against deforestation, and development.

Combining quality science and development impact

CIRAD's activities in Brazil take account of the fact that this vast emerging country is both an agricultural heavyweight and a growing scientific power. By means of partnerships that combine quality science and development impact, we aim to generate research results of benefit to both France and Brazil, which can be classed as public assets and could be rolled out to other developing countries, particularly in Africa.

The main agro-ecosystems being studied are in the Amazon Basin and the semi-arid Northeast of Brazil.

Regional cooperation: strong links with the scientific and agricultural communities in Brazil

Farmers in a field, Brazil © P. Sist, CIRAD

Farmers in a field, Brazil © P. Sist, CIRAD

For more than 40 years, CIRAD has been forging close, diverse links with the scientific and agricultural communities in Brazil. It has built research and development partnerships with EMBRAPA, the country's leading agricultural research player, with several federal and state universities, and with R&D structures within ministries and development organizations. We also have research operations in Argentina and Bolivia, with the Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria (INTA), CIAT and the Instituto Nacional de Innovacion Agropecuaria y Forestal (INIAF).

In all, CIRAD has 14 researchers working in the Southern Cone. Thirteen are in Brazil, in four regions: Belém and Paragominas in the Amazon (North); São Paulo, Piracicaba and Rio de Janeiro (Southeast); Brasília and Santo Antônio de Goiás (Mid-West); and Ilhéus and São Luis do Maranhão (Northeast). One researcher is based at INIAF in Bolivia. Our regional office, with a Regional Director and three staff members, is in Brasília.

Map

CIRAD works in six countries in the region, and is involved in several R&D projects, three platforms in partnership (dPs) and an environmental research observatory. The map shows a selection of projects. The dots show the countries in which CIRAD and its partners work. They do not show specific sites.

Key figures

  • 15 expatriate researchers
  • 50 PhD and Masters students supervised per year
  • 80 to 120 missions per year
  • 2 platforms in partnership

Main research fields

  • Territory-based management of water resources and the agroecological transition in semi-arid regions.
  • Genetic improvement of agricultural species for water stress and disease resistance.
  • Territory-based development and viability of family farming in the Amazon.
  • Public policy and rural development.
  • Sustainable management and assessment of the environmental impacts of planted forests.

R&D projects and appraisals are also conducted with firms in the rubber, eucalyptus and oil palm plantation and biomass energy sectors, etc.

Platforms in partnership

 

Operating countries

Teaching and training

CIRAD researchers contribute to teaching operations in Brazil, at both federal and state universities. They supervise Brazilian and French Masters and PhD students and help to organize researcher schools and training seminars.

Passionfruits and acerolas on sale at a market in Nordeste, Brazil © P. Dugué, CIRAD

Passionfruits and acerolas on sale at a market in Nordeste, Brazil © P. Dugué, CIRAD

Student training
Our researchers supervise some 50 European, South American and African PhD and Masters students each year.

Reception and training of researchers from partner organizations
CIRAD receives around 20 researchers from Brazil and other southern Cone countries in France each year, in close collaboration with INRAE, French and European universities and other members of Agreenium, particularly the EMBRAPA Labex in Montpellier.

See also: Teaching and training

Some books and documents

Alternativas para o bioma Cerrado: agroextrativismo e uso sustentável da sociobiodiversidade
Referência : Diniz, Janaína Deane de Abreu Sá; Passos, Carlos José Sousa. (Org.). Alternativas para o bioma Cerrado: agroextrativismo e uso sustentável da sociobiodiversidade. Stéphane Guéneau. Brasília, DF. Editora IEB Mil Folhas, 2020.

Construção de Políticas Estaduais de Agroecologia e Produção Orgâni- ca no Brasil: avanços, obstáculos e efeitos das dinâmicas subnacionais
Referência : Sabourin, E ; Colonna J. ; Guéneau S. ; Tadeu da Silva, L. R.  (2019) Construção de Políticas Estaduais de Agroecologia e Produção Orgâni- ca no Brasil: avanços, obstáculos e efeitos das dinâmicas subnacionais. Curitiba: PR, Brasil, Editora CRV e Red PP-AL, 272p. ISBN 978-85-444-3601-1  / DOI 10.24824/978854443601.1

Scientific publications

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CIRAD buildings in Brazil © G. Kaya

Contact

CIRAD Regional Office for Brazil and Southern Cone -
Av. L3 Norte, Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro, Asa Norte -
Édifice Finatec, G -
- Rooms 202 to 214 -
Brasília - DF, 70910-900

For correspondence:

CEP: 70842-970, Caixa Postal 4522 -
SHC/N EQ 204/404 Lote Único, Asa Norte, Brasília-DF, Brazil

Tel.: +55 61 33 66 16 01

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