Brasília – From Monday (23) and today (24) and Thursday (26) Brazilian agribusiness will show the world the results of its efforts to restore, preserve and maintain the environment, also ensuring the social and economic, and the increasing use of innovations and technology to increase productivity without increasing the production area.
The actions will be discussed respectively during the Agritalks Madrid, Berlin and Rome, an initiative of the Brazilian Agency for Trade and Investment Promotion (ApexBrasil), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa) and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa).
The high-level debates will bring together spokespersons from Brazilian institutions and representatives from each country to discuss Brazilian agribusiness and strengthen Brazil’s image as a strategic partner in this sector.
According to ApexBrasil’s agribusiness manager, Márcio Rodrigues, the purpose of the dialogues is to show the world, and especially these European markets, that Brazilian agribusiness is sustainable and that the country is committed to playing the role of one of the guarantors of the international fulfill the food market. security. “Brazilian agribusiness is an example to the world, because it is sustainable and achieves high productivity through the extensive use of technology and innovations, while respecting the environment. We are part of the solution, not the problem, of food and delivery problems around the world.”
With the growing importance of Brazilian agriculture on the international stage, events such as AgriTalks are important to build and consolidate a positive reputation for the sector. A study published last year by EMBRAPA showed that Brazilian agribusiness provides food for about 10% of the world’s population, i.e. about 800 million people. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the world population is likely to reach 10 billion people by 2050, creating pressure for higher productivity.
And Brazil is part of the solution to these problems. The results of Brazilian exports in the first quarter of 2022 prove the increase in productivity and the leading role of agribusiness in the country: from January to March, international sales of food and beverages reached USD 33.9 billion, USD 10.7 billion USD more than the previous one. year, representing an increase of 46.1%. The record increase was reflected in the sector’s trade balance, which reached $30.1 billion, up 56% from the same period in 2021. Such volume makes the country the third largest food exporter in the world.
In 2021, Brazilian agribusiness exports to European countries were also significant. According to calculations made from the COMEX STAT database, of the approximately $5 billion exported to Germany in 2021, $1.9 billion, i.e. 38%, came from the agricultural sector. In the case of Spain, of the $5.43 billion in international sales, 51.5% or $2.8 billion comes from the marketing of agricultural products and services, while Brazilian agricultural exports to Italy amounted to $1.46 billion , 38% of the $3.86 billion exported to the country.
Common past, present and future
And there is still room to intensify this trade flow. The European Union (EU) is one of the most demanding blocs in terms of certification and health licensing. Therefore, it is essential to deepen the dialogue with authorities in these sectors to demonstrate that the quality of Brazilian products meets the demanding European standards. The choice of the three countries that will start this cycle of Agritalks was not just a coincidence. Brazil, Spain, Germany and Italy share common ties in the agri-food sector.
In the case of Italian immigrants, they settled on Brazilian territory in the 19th and 20th centuries and contributed decisively to the national coffee production. The Germans, on the other hand, settled mainly in the south of the country, home to two of the largest export countries of the Brazilian agricultural industry, Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná. In addition, descendants of Germans are also successful in areas such as Mato Grosso and western Bahia.
The three countries occupy a leading position for the EU in agricultural production and each in their own way is confronted with problems that Brazil has also faced and managed to overcome: increasing productivity without depleting natural resources and without increasing cultivation in a sustainable, economically and socially feasible way.
Livestock and green farming
The first debate in the series of AgriTalks to be held throughout 2022 took place this Monday afternoon (23) at the Brazilian Embassy in Madrid, with the debate “The future we want to build: agri-environmental cooperation between Brazil and Spain”. The opening plenary session was attended by the President of ApexBrasil, the Ambassador of Brazil to Spain, Orlando Leite Ribeiro, and the General Director of Casa América, Ambassador Enrique Ojeda. On the occasion, participants were able to discuss “Innovative solutions to food security and sustainability challenges” and “The role of the private sector and responsible investment in agribusiness”.
Currently, Spain is the second country with the largest investment stock in Brazil, mainly destined for the financial and telecommunications sector. Together, Spanish investments reach approximately US$60 billion, making Brazil the fourth largest destination for international investment in Spain.
Then it will be the turn of the German capital to organize Agritalks on Tuesday morning (24) on the theme “The green transformation of agriculture in Brazil and Germany”. In addition to the presentation, led by Ambassador Roberto Jaguaribe, by the President of the Bundestag’s Agriculture Committee Hermann Färber, and by ApexBrasil President Augusto Pestana, the event will feature three panels that will address “Technologies for the mitigation of carbon emissions of agricultural production”, “Innovations in agriculture: opportunities and challenges to increase productivity in the field in a sustainable way” and “Food supply chains: sustainable practices”.
To conclude this first cycle, Agritalks in Rome, Italy, will address “Innovations for Agricultural Sustainability: Experiences from Brazil and Italy” on Thursday morning (26). The opening words will be made by the Ambassador of Brazil to Italy, Malta and San Marino, Ambassador Helio Vitor Ramos Filho, by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Ecological Transition of Italy, Vannia Gava, by the Deputy and former Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Italy , Giuseppe L’Abbate, and by Augusto Pestana.
The panels will reflect on the “Sustainable Agriculture Policy – Developments and Challenges”, the “Innovations in Agricultural Production: Solutions to Mitigate Climate Change” and the “Sustainable Agricultural Revolution”. The discussions will allow for debate on, for example, the reduction of methane emissions and the growing public demand for products that guarantee animal welfare.
At a time when Brazil has just approved the decree for the regulation, creation and implementation of a regulated national market for carbon credits, launched at the Global Carbon Market Congress – Decarbonization and Green Investments, held in Rio de Janeiro last week, the Agritalks to the federal government’s initiatives to enhance the country’s image as a sustainable agricultural power.
In this sense, the debates serve not only to strengthen the Brazilian image, but also act as a vector to strengthen future business, attract investment and ensure the maintenance of commercial partnerships, in addition to contributing to the opening of new markets for Brazilian agribusiness. † By the end of 2022, 7 more editions of Agritalks are planned, in Stockholm, London, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, London and Beijing.
With information from ApexBrasil