“Brazil Agtech Market Map” is a publication that highlights companies and startups that have been innovating in the Brazilian market.
In recent decades, Brazil has moved from a net food importer to an agricultural powerhouse. It overtook Australia and Canada to position itself as the second largest agricultural exporter on the planet. The South American country is the world’s largest producer of orange juice, coffee and sugar and second in soy, ethanol and beef. In terms of exports, Brazil leads the block in soybean, beef, poultry, coffee, sugar, ethanol, orange juice and comes second in corn. Brazil is also one of the top five producers and exporters of cotton, pork and cocoa. It is safe to say that Brazil’s locomotive is agribusiness. It is the most dynamic engine of the economy and represents about 50% of the country’s exports and 23% of GDP. The sector has become so globally integrated and important to the domestic economy that it has become immune to the region’s economic and political volatilities; While Brazil faced one of its worst recessions, with GDP shrinking by more than 3.3% in 2016, agribusiness GDP grew by more than 3%. Scientific and technological advances have also contributed to this success. EMBRAPA, founded in 1973 by the government, is the biggest tropical agriculture research institute in the world and has developed hundreds of innovations for Brazilian farmers. But perhaps its most important contribution was the epic transformation of Brazil’s semi-arid Cerrado from inhospitable land to the world’s new granary. This involved mass application of limestone and breeding rhizobium bacteria to reduce soil acidity and fix nitrogen. EMBRAPA has also taken the lead in biotechnology, genetically enhancing brachiaria grass and soybean plant, making them both highly suited to the semi-arid region. Together, this has enabled large-scale cattle and grain production operations in the region today.
1. Before the Farm
An integrated network of agtech startups including input manufacturers (seeds, beneficial insects, microbes, fertilizers and plant nutrition), digital acquisition and border diagnostics (genomics etc.), equipment sharing platforms and fintech intersection with agtech, where Capital is a basic input for carrying out agricultural activities.
2. Inside the Farm
These include farm management software, mass education platforms, pest monitoring and monitoring platforms, remote sensing and image data processing (eg IoT, Drones, etc.), equipment and machinery.
3. After the Farm
As food it leaves the farm, a vast distribution and marketing network, food processing, energy, traceability and assurance, storage and monitoring, restaurant market and food innovations that meet new consumer demands.
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