Structuring projects are development projects implemented in partnerships between Embrapa and one country or a group of countries in Africa, Latin America or the Caribbean, in order to strengthen their technological, institutional, and human resource bases necessary for their sustainable agricultural development. These projects include additional components in the areas of validation and technology transfer, strengthening of research institutions, and capacity building.
Generally these are projects with a high volume of financial resources (more than one million dollars), conducted in two or more years and aimed at institutional strengthening.
Embrapa has executed three structuring projects in the country within the Embrapa - ABC (Brazilian Cooperation Agency) - Mozambique program. The initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of the technological innovation system in strategic areas for agriculture and rural development in Mozambique and improve the competitiveness of the sector, both in terms of food security and in generating exportable surpluses.
- Food Security in Mozambique
- Agricultural Innovation Marketplace
Embrapa has implemented the Cotton 4 + Togo project in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, and Togo in partnership with the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC).
Based on the experience acquired with the Cotton 4 Project, and with the aim of expanding technical cooperation activities to other countries in the African continent, ABC decided to fund validation, capacity-building and technology transfer projects on cotton to African countries that are traditional producers of the crop. The Regional Project to Strengthen the Cotton Sector in the Lower Shire and Zambezi Basins (2014-2018) is part of that initiative.
With the general goal of contributing to increasing competitiveness in the cotton sector of Malawi and Mozambique, the project's central idea consists of structuring a continuous process of training for technicians and farmer leaders through the establishment and operation of a regional capacity-building and training unit, where the following can be put into practice: i) cotton crop validation and technology diffusion activities; ii) capacity-building and training programs for researchers, extension agents, local technicians, and farmer leaders in specific themes; and iii) activities to strengthen the national capacity for cotton seed production.
Since the beginning of 2014, Embrapa has run a project to strengthen the role o public agricultural research institutions in Angola, in partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development of the country, the Institute for Agronomic Research, the Veterinary Research Institute and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC).
The overall objective of the project is to increase the capacity for research and innovation institutes and thus contribute to food security and development of the national agriculture of Angola. The initiative is part of the Brazil-FAO South-South Triangular Coopeartion Program.
Embrapa has signed country projects to strengthen the cotton sector in South America under the scope of the Brazil-FAO trilateral South-South Cooperation program. In the same scope, Embrapa currently supports the implementation of two distinct country projects with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Peru (MINAGRI) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Paraguay (MAG). A proposal to be co-signed with the Colombian government is in the last stages of formalization; in addition, Embrapa has received a diagnosis of the Argentinean cotton sector for future prospection of projects in that country.
Trilateral structuring projects in South America intend to contribute to strengthening the cotton sector of country parties through institutional development, capacity-building plans, technology transfer, and improments to the value chain, within the framework of South-South Cooperation.