Agricultural Innovation Marketplace

A partnership to enhance agricultural innovation and development


Agriculture represents an important segment of the economies of Africa, Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries and Brazil. In addition, similarities in climate, ecosystems, agricultural practices, and culture may facilitate knowledge sharing and technological cooperation. Over the past 30 years, Brazilian agricultural growth and development has been guided by policies and technologies based on research for development. Brazilian policies, experience, and focus in social programs such as Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) targeting social protection networks for the poor, provide an important linkage between the regions.

In Africa, the importance of agriculture in development has been recognized through initiatives such as the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) of the New Partnership for Africa´s Development (NEPAD) and the Framework for African Agricultural Productivity (FAAP). Therefore, partnerships between agricultural scientists and experts in Africa and Brazil could be instrumental in supporting African nations in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Such South-South collaborations complemented by relevant basic science developed in industrialized countries could make an important contribution to more productive agriculture and more affordable food for the poor in Africa.



  • Embrapa – Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
  • IICA – Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture
  • FARA – Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  • ABC/MRE – Brazilian Cooperation Agency
  • DFID – UK Department for International Development
  • B&MGF – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • IDB – Inter American Development Bank
  • IFAD – International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • UC Davis  University of California, Davis
  • MAPA – Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply
  • WBWorld Bank
  • CIAT – International Center for Tropical Agriculture
  • FUNARBE – Arthur Bernardes Foundation


To enhance agricultural innovation for development in Africa and LAC through the establishment and strengthening of partnerships between African and Latin American and Caribbean research-oriented organizations and Embrapa.


  • Promote knowledge exchange among African, Brazilian and Latin American and Caribbean countries;
  • Support agricultural development in Africa and LAC;
  • Promote investments in agricultural research and development;
  • Mutually contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Thematic Areas

 1. Productivity Enhancing Technologies

  • Development of technologies for adaptation and mitigation of climate change. For example: forestry and agroforestry options for fighting desertification, poverty and hunger; livestock distribution, health, and productivity, plant breeding, crop management, water harvesting and management techniques, soil reclamation, and re-forestation.
  • Development of land productivity enhancement and saving technologies. For example: approaches to biological nitrogen fixation and utilization; improvement of livestock breeds and health; molecular and conventional approaches for genetic improvement and adaptation of crop plants, arable crops, fruit trees and forestry species; biodiversity management; molecular characterization and conservation of plant genetic resources; soil, water, and crop management; storage technologies; and food processing

 2. Natural Resource Management Improvements

  • Generation of natural resource and soil conservation technologies with reduced drudgery and low cost. For example: regeneration of degraded lands, conservation agriculture including soil and water conservation, usage of legumesin cropping systems, crop rotation techniques, and development of organic farming.

  3. Policy, Institutional and Market Strengthening and Knowledge Management

  • Strategies for knowledge management and improved access to knowledge and Information by stakeholders in the commodity chain. For example: policy analysis; market studies; ICT for development; communication strategies to farmers, policy makers, and private sector; gender sensitivity in communication; and trade in agricultural commodities.
  • Strategies and policies for institutional strengthening. For example: capacity building; re-engineering institutions; engagement of private sector in agriculture; innovation systems; and engagement of government support in research.

    4. Smallholder and Poverty-Alleviation Targeted Technologies

    • Development of technologies and strategies/systems to reduce poverty and hunger. For example: improvement of cash flow for farmers, and improvement of information flow and of agricultural lending systems.
    • Mechanization appropriate for smallholders