Portfolios are instruments of managerial support for the organization of related projects according to a thematic view, with the aim of directing, promoting, and monitoring the obtainment of end results to be achieved in that subject in the light of the company's strategic objectives. Considering their strategic nature and national relevance, portfolios themes are defined directly by the company's strategic tiers and have a corporate character. For the period from 2012 to 2015, Embrapa has established 20 corporate portfolios:

Launched in 2014, the Portfolio on Irrigated Agriculture gathers all of Embrapa's research, development, and technology transfer projects related to the use of water in irrigated agriculture, as well as societal demands regarding the subject and the strategies that scientific investigation should adopt to respond to the challenges posed by the topicThe Irrigated Agriculture Portfolio is a management tool that grants synergy to the diverse groups and research units that work with the subject, optimizes human resources and funds, brings experts together and stimulates the generation of solutions and their dissemination to the production sector. Its technical nature also allows it to inform the National Irrigation Policy.
 
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The portfolio aims at systematizing and coordinating actions to implement RD&I projects focused on the advance of knowledge and technological development related to obtaining foods that promote an improvement in the population's nutritional state and quality of life while meeting new market demands.

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The Safe Food Portfolio was formed to bridge technological gaps and contribute to the strengthening of initiatives focused on safe food production.

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It aims to produce knowledge and technologies that may contribute to the development of the aquaculture sector as an important component of agribusiness. For that purpose, it coordinates research conducted on the fish production chain as a whole, focusing on the following species: tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum), arapaima (Arapaima gigas), cachara (Pseudoplatystoma reticulatum), gray shrimp (Litopennaeus vannamei), cobia (Rachycentron canadus), catfish (Rhamdia quelen), ornamental fish, and other species, according to justified market demands. Furthermore, it prioritizes technology transfer in order to contribute to the solution of problems and the transformation of production systems through social, economic, and environmental gains.

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The main goals of this portfolio are: to increase efficiency, operating capacity, and monitoring of agricultural, livestock, and forestry production systems through automation, at all levels and links of the production chain, from the smallholder to large-scale farmers; reduce bottlenecks in the growing demand for labor and provide higher quality of life and better conditions at work through automation; and induce the convergence and integration of agrarian, animal, and forest sciences with biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, and information and communications technology to increase production efficiency, quality, and product traceability, minimize environmental impacts, increase safety, and reduce labour costs.

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Its primary focus is the development of biological control technologies and their insertion into the integrated management of pests of agricultural interest, such as: a) pests that have proven to be resistant to synthetic chemical pesticides; b) pests related to crops with insufficient phytosanitary support ("minor crops"); c) pests involving major crops; and d) pests affecting animal welfare or production facilities. The portfolio operates in five areas: biodiversity, incremental performance strategies for Biological Control Agents, integrated strategies for crop protection, impacts of the use of Biological Control Agents, and incremental strategies for the adoption of Biological Control Agents.

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In the course of its forty years of existence, Embrapa has always been committed to finding technological solutions to reduce the effect of droughts on the productivity and sustainability of farming enterprises. However, recent and frequent droughts have required that innovative measures are developed to provide a sustainable production environment to cope with droughts. Hence, this portfolio's challenge lies in integrating existing knowledge and proposing innovative technological solutions to mitigate the negative effects of this climate phenomenon and for drought relief. The portfolio aims at developing and transferring knowledge, technologies, products, processes, and services that are effective in mitigating the effects of droughts on agricultural productivity and sustainability while unlocking potentialities from the natural resources available and contributing to improve the quality of life of populations that are most vulnerable to this climate event.

 

The general objective of this portfolio is to supply Embrapa with a set of RD&I projects focused on the use of Genetic Engineering and other Molecular Biology tools to essentially solve problems and add value to Brazilian agriculture, anticipating trends and ensuring the permanent adjustment of research priorities to maintaining competitiveness in Brazilian agribusiness. 

With the aim of integrating RD&I and TT  groups to develop and transfer innovative technology solutions in public-private networks to expand the adoption of the BNF process in agriculture in the tropics, the portfolio works on proposals to maximize plant nutrition through biological inputs and associated management, enabling the partial or total replacement of N-fertilizer, ensuring high yields with low environmental impacts.

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This portfolio aims to ensure that Embrapa's Germplasm Collections are orderly maintained, in all their forms and kingdoms, with the highest genetic variability possible. It includes all the actions that are required for the maintenance, enrichment, and characterization of the Core Groups for Animal Conservation, the Biological Collections of Microorganisms, the Plant Germplasm Banks, the medium and long-term germplasm collections (Gene Banks), and the reference collections, in addition to the activities related to the in situ conservation of genetic resources. For that purpose, this project portfolio comprises three lines: Animal Genetic Resources, Microbian Genetic Resources, and Plant Genetic Resources. It also includes documentation activities (Portal Alelo), exchange, quarantine, quality systems and legislation related to the area of Genetic Resources.  

This portfolio aims to map and support the organization, generation, integration and dissemination of knowledge and technologies on ICLFS with a focus on the sustainability and competitiveness of these complex systems. It also has the goals of identifying limiting factors and processes related to research in ICLFS systems; exploring alternative allocation of agricultural, animal and forestry components in regional contexts; and adapting or developing indicators for assessing the sustainability of ICLF systems; generating economic information for greater understanding of the system, including comparison with traditional systems, and to expand and intensify the transfer of knowledge and validated technologies and the training of multipliers associated with the ICLFS network of technicians in different regions.

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The accelerated dynamics of use and land cover imposes important challenges for its understanding and for the definition of a regional planning based on interdisciplinary approaches involving components of diversity, sustainability and competitiveness in agriculture. Among the main challenges to be faced by geo-technologies in this context are Brazil's continental dimensions, diversity of biomes, products and production processes associated with different technological levels and production systems, space-time dynamics of occupation, lack of information about agricultural space dynamics, and strong regional contrasts. Thus, the portfolio aims to increase synergy between projects and actions focused on the study and evaluation of environmental, socioeconomic, and institutional factors and their interactions, impacts, outputs, and outcomes associated with land use and land cover dynamics.

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With the purpose of gathering demands for knowledge and technologies,   and synthesizing current research findings related to climate change, the portfolio aims to collaborate in Embrapa's definition of strategic lines of action on the subject and equip the Corporation with information in the light of new demands and opportunities.  It also includes the assessment of climate change adaptation and mitigation actions and their impacts on the risk and sustainability of production systems; the integration of genomic prospection tools to physiological monitoring in order to generate adapted genetic and biotechnological assets; and the development of agricultural production systems that make lower greenhouse gas emissions and assimilate more C, with the use of modelling for the evaluation of both economic and environmental impacts.

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This portfolio aims to be a guiding tool in oil palm research, development, innovation, and technology transfer and direct, promote, and monitor the achievement of results, working cooperatively and synergistically with the private sector and in cooperation with other RDI&TT institutions. The geographical scope is the same as defined in the "Program for Sustainable Oil Palm Production in Brazil", which prioritizes government action in areas where the palm chain is already structured: Bahia and the Amazon region. One of its goals is to contribute to technological development to enable the diversification of uses of palm oil and by-products, adding value to the oil palm supply chain, helping Brazil to sustainably take a prominent position in the world production of palm oil, with social inclusion and favorable environmental indicators.

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The portfolio aims to promote and conduct integrated RD&I activities for sustainable technological pathways, targeting the appreciation of national biomass through the chemical transformation of this resources for the sustainable strengthening of the Brazilian agribusiness chains, based on the concepts of biorefinery and bioeconomy. The portfolio is divided into four main lines: obtention of new materials, chemical products, generation of renewable energy, and cross-sectional themes, which involve the development of topics that are common to all the other issues.

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Aiming to provide technological solutions for the use, conservation and restoration of natural environments in the various biomes, contributing to the adequacy of farms with environmental laws (new Forest Code), the portfolio aims to expand technology solutions for the sustainability of forest production and environmental adaptation of rural properties in Brazilian biomes. It is organized and systematized in three sections: 1) Environmental Adaptation, with the themes: Restoration of Permanent Preservation Areas (APP) and the Legal Reserve Areas (ARL); 2) Planted Forests, with the themes: Genetic Improvement/Breeding and Production Systems; and 3) Native Forest, with the themes: Timber Forest Management, Non-Timber Forest Management, and Biodiversity Conservation. It has a transdisciplinary focus, following the trend in contemporary research in which the production of STI involves various stakeholders.

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This portfolio aims at the diagnosis, control, and prevention and/or eradication of animal disease agents through research, development, and technology transfer in the Brazilian territory or responding to demands from partner countries. The portfolio considers three aspects: a) agents of foodborne diseases or safety of foods of animal origin;, b) strategically important disease agents for health defense system; and c) disease agents responsible for losses in animal production. The focus is to protect the production and the competitiveness of the beef, pork, poultry (chicken), eggs, milk and dairy, goat, sheep, aquaculture (fish, shrimp, shellfish and bivalves), horse, and buffalo production chains. Cross-sectional studies support such activities, with priority focus on veterinary epidemiology, animal immunology and vaccinology, biotechnology applied to animal health, pathogenesis, pathology comparative economic studies of animal diseases, genetic resistance of the host animal pathogens, veterinary public health and animal welfare.

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With the objective of expanding the economic and ecological sustainability of agriculture, this portfolio will contribute to the generation of knowledge and technology for these organic, agroecological, or transition production systems in order to enable the optimal use of natural and socioeconomic resources. The portfolio works on topics such as agrobiodiversity; management of animal and plant production systems; inputs for ecological production systems; quality, processing, and post-harvest; among others.

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This multidisciplinary portfolio is based in different areas of knowledge and has different competencies interact to develop and transfer knowledge, technologies, products, processes, and services that can increase productivity and competitiveness in beef and dairy cattle production systems in pastures sustainably. That will only be possible by building integrated platforms structures into four lines: Development of Cultivars; Cultivated pastures; Native grasslands; and Cross-sectional RD&I and TT Studies and their respective lines of research. They are guided by the following specific goals: improve fertilization maintenance recommendations and pasture management for the main forage crops; develop strategies to establish and manage pastures in rotation sequences; define management strategies to produce forage seeds and seedlings; define the integrated management of pests, diseases and weeds; optimize the use of native forage resources increasing efficiency and sustainability in systems; assess the socioeconomic viability of new technologies and their environmental, social, and economic impacts on livestock production systems; develop tools to support decision-making on pasture management based on weather information; develop models to simulate production systems in pastures that provide comparisons of different scenarios for animal production in pastures; use competitive intelligence techniques for information management and communication; potentialize animal production and maintenance of productive pastures considering the different weather and soil conditions and technical levels, also contributing to reduce environmental impacts of livestock production. 

The portfolio's goal is to develop and transfer knowledge and technologies through synergetic public-private partnership networks, so that they effectively contribute to the rational use of inputs, to sustainable ethanol production, and to the exploration of coproducts and byproducts, aiming at maintaining the Brazilian sugar and energy sector's leadership and competitiveness in the world market. The portfólio covers three main lines - agricultural technology, industrial technology, and cross-sectional studies.

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This portfolio aims at developing, validating, and transferring fertilization technologies that are adapted to tropical agroecosystems, contribute to increased efficiency, and introduce new sources of nutrients into Brazilian agriculture. The portfolio's research lines follow three strategies: Best management practices in the production system and the correct use of fertilizers and other sources of nutrients; Identification of alternative (mineral and organic) sources of nutrients; and New technologies for more efficient fertilizers with lower production costs. In addition to research activities, it has established technology transfer activities to facilitate the innovation process and have the advances in knowledge embodied in products and processes more quickly reach final users.

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