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FAO-Embrapa partnership gets under way

Brazilian expertise to benefit South-South Cooperation

Director-General Jose' Graziano Da Silva meeting with Mr. Pedro Braga Arcuri, Brazilian Agricultural Research Cooperation (EMBRAPA) Focal Point at FAO headquarters. ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto

28 August 2013, Rome – A partnership to strengthen the transfer of experiences and technologies from Brazil’s top agricultural research agency to developing countries within FAO’s South-South Cooperation is underway.

Under an agreement signed between FAO and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Cooperation (EMBRAPA) in February, the latter has assigned expert Pedro Arcuri to FAO headquarters. Arcuri met with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today to discuss the initiative, which adds to the already significant Brazilian contributions to FAO, IFAD and WFP.

“FAO has clearly defined the focus of its work around five strategic objectives,” said Graziano da Silva. “The partnership with EMBRAPA will make an important contribution to this effort, in particular, increasing sustainable production.”

Arcuri feels that “EMBRAPA’s experience in tropical agriculture can be of great use to other developing countries. FAO, the Brazilian international cooperation bodies and now EMBRAPA are taking the steps to put this experience to practical use.”

Graziano and Arcuri discussed potential cooperation between the two organizations in the areas of capacity building in Africa, rapid response mechanisms to requests for assistance and agro-ecological zoning to support crop production. Other areas could include resource and facilities sharing and improvement of international databases.

Arcuri is meeting with senior FAO officials to prepare a plan of action in line with FAO’s new strategic objectives.

EMBRAPA is a globally recognized centre of tropical agricultural research that was key in Brazil’s successful programme to cut hunger drastically at home by focusing research on crops produced by smallholder farmers that increased local food supplies in different geographic and climatic conditions.

The Brazilian agency has already developed contacts in Africa, attending the High Level Meeting of African and International Leaders in Addis Ababa held from 29 June to 1 July 2013. The meeting, organized by the African Union, FAO and the Lula Institute, discussed a unified approach to ending hunger in Africa.