Mechanization: brazilian solutions to food security in Africa

“The Lion Kings”, “The Last Frontier”, are among the titles of articles published in important media to portray a new moment for the African continent which, in its diversity and complexity, is setting the stage for a new reality as yet undiscovered by many! Some international players are participating in this process, notably China, the USA and several European countries, as aid donors or investors. Brazil has and should have a different role in constructing this reality! Transcending the cultural aspects and considering the similarities between the African Savana and the Brazilian “Cerrado”, it was possible to transfer the no-tillage technology. FAO played an important part in this process, driving the participation of the Brazilian machinery and equipment industry, to increase productivity and efficiency in local agriculture. The Brazilian presence also distinguished itself through the important work of EMBRAPA in the mid-north which involves countries like Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon and Ethiopia and also through the “More Food Programme” which has brought many Brazilian companies to Ghana, Mozambique and Senegal. Motivated by these developments and by the tremendous potential of this “amazing continent”, we created the “Africa Project” for ABIMAQ, to provide a series of systematic and effective actions aiming at consolidating the presence of Brazil, and adding value to the African farmers. Brazilian technology will then be available to various countries providing a full range of solutions from soil preparation to grain storage, including planting and crop protection, as well as the processing of coffee and milk, in order to encompass the entire chain of food production. And so, in the same way that EMBRAPA contributes with scientific research in favour of crops, ABIMAQ through its sectorial chambers can contribute enormously to an increase in both productivity and quality of production, based on the principle of sustainability. We can for this reason make a difference! Apart from the fact that we have the appropriate Technologies for the local agricultural sector, we can train producers in good agricultural practice, and in the correct use of equipment, with the guarantee of a responsible and permanent after-sales service. Our ties, joined with our experience, knowledge and way of being, allow us to carry out our distinctive work to contribute to “Food Security”, and to the production of renewable energy in the future. We will then also be able to thank our “Mother Africa” for what she was, what she represents, and what she will be for the future of Brazil.

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