The Agricultural Sector in the Era of Bioeconomy


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Join for a discussion of the future challenges and opportunities for agricultural value chains in a bioeconomy era with leading experts.The idea of bioeconomy – the section of the economy based on renewable biological resources, from agriculture to pharmaceuticals and biotech – has gained the interest of policymakers and the private sector alike in recent years. A strong, innovative and sustainable bioeconomy is increasingly seen as an indispensable part of the solution to many global challenges, from food security to climate change.

Brazil, as one of the leading global agricultural producers and exporters, will play a significant role in building this new bioeconomy era. Led by Embrapa, the Ministry of Agriculture’s research arm, Brazilian scientists and policymakers are already engaged in cutting-edge research involving microbes, genetic engineering, and biomolecules: new technologies based in biology that have the potential to enhance agricultural productivity and the quality of food, while improving environmental sustainability.

Introduction:
**Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute
**Geraldo Martha, Coordinator, Embrapa’s Scientific Cooperation Program in the United States (Embrapa, Labex-USA)

Panelists:
**Maurício A. Lopes, President, Embrapa
**Ibrahim Shaqir, Associate Deputy Administrator for International and Emerging Issues, USDA APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services
**Barry R. O’Keefe, Acting Chief, Molecular Targets Program; Chief of the Natural Products Branch, NCI, NIH
**Neal Gutterson, CTO at Corteva Agriscience Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
**Marcos Jank, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Business Development, BRF Asia-Pacific

Location

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
Washington DC 20004-3027

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