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Our history goes through here

This is the 20th edition of the Embrapa Social Report. It is a landmark in the history of the Corporation, whose trajectory goes through here. Since its creation in 1997, the Social Report annually registers the main actions carried through by the institution’s research centers in benefit of its collaborators, of the communities nearby and the whole Brazilian society.

Beyond registering its current performance in Brazil, the Social Report presents the impact of the main technologies developed by Embrapa and transferred to the society. These are cultivars of more productive plants, more nutritious or resistant to pests and/or weather conditions; animal breeds more prolific animals or adapted to the most diverse environments; new machinery, equipments and production systems; programs and computer applications; new processes of cultivation, disease controls; geographic information systems to map regions and monitor land use. These are some examples of the most diverse technological solutions produced by Embrapa and that had been registered for 20 years in this publication.

As expected, this edition continues presenting relevant information about Embrapa's contribution to the national society. Initially, because it is a special number, there is a brief history about the emergence of this Social Balance with a survey of its methodological evolution. Also the first results of a broad study of the Brazilian scientific production are addressed. In addition to some indicators on the adoption in Brazil of the Crop, Livestock, Forests Farming Integration System (ILPF), developed by Embrapa are presented. Special emphasis is given to a new perspective of analysis of agricultural research impacts focusing on wealth gains in rural areas, given the role that Embrapa had on that in recent decades.

In the specific sections on impacts several success stories are described. Within the framework of public policies is the demarcation of the socio-geographic region of the Matopiba by the Territorial Strategic Intelligence Group (GITE), which is already contributing to the sustainable development of that region. As for the topic productivity, the success story selected is the passion fruit cultivars developed by Embrapa Cerrados. The hydrothermal treatment of mangoes created by Embrapa Cassava and Tropical Fruits allowed earnings in the range of 1.4 billion dollars in exports in the last 25 years. The assai palm tree management system implemented by Embrapa Eastern Amazon allowed riverine populations to double their production with very few resources.

Other success stories are sweet potato BRS Amelia cultivar produced by Embrapa Temperate Agriculture which fell in the taste of many Brazilians and has expanded to several other states; as well as the BRS Estribo Sudan grass cultivar developed by Embrapa South Livestock and partners who, in addition to being more productive, already bring benefits to about of 8,000 properties in Rio Grande do Sul.

Another significant experience is the Araucarias Roads project, created by Embrapa Forests which generates income for small farmers, contributes to environmental protection and contribures to aestethics of Southern Brazil landscape. Meanwhile, in Northeastern Brazil, the Route of the Lamb program organizes the production of sheep and goats and generates more employment and income. Added to these results the recognition, by the Brazilian and international societies, of the many works developed by Embrapa's collaborators, which yielded 63 awards and honours.

Results like these justify continually the existence of Embrapa’s Social Report. This publication would not make sense without all this performance highlights and also would not be possible without the dedication of the more than 300 employees involved in its preparation. It is thus a great effort which depicts the commitment of our staff in the construction of the economic, social and environmental sustainability of Brazilian agriculture.


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