Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, was created to generate research, development and innovation solutions for Brazilian society. The company has decentralized units throughout Brazil, with operations in several areas. One of them is Embrapa Agroindústria Tropical, based in Fortaleza, Ceará.
The unit was established in 1987 as the National Cashew Research Center. In the early years, it worked exclusively with the development of technological solutions for cashew.
In 1993, the mission of the center was expanded, incorporating many other production chains, focusing on agroindustrialization. The unit then became Embrapa Agroindústria Tropical.
Embrapa Agroindústria Tropical's main focus is on agribusiness, manufacturers of inputs for industries and the valorization of Brazilian biodiversity.