Technological Innovation for a sustainable tropical agriculture

October 20 - 24th 2014

Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil

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Brazil is a destination that appeals to all its visitors because of the joyful nature and hospitality of its people, as well as the diversity of attractions and sights.

Its natural wealth can be found on the beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro and the northeast coast, at the Iguacu Falls, Pantanal or in the Amazon. All these sites offer a unique experience to visitors!

Brazil also has important political and commercial centers. The city of São Paulo has 18 million inhabitants, and is the great metropolis of the country. The capital of Brazil is Brasilia, an architectural byword in the world for the originality of its urban planning and magnificent monuments.

Comprised of 26 Federal States, the Brazilian territory covers 8.514.876.599 square kilometers, equivalent to 47% of South American territory, and has the fifth largest territorial are of the planet.

The Brazilian population was originally three ethnic groups: whites from Europe, the black African and the indigenous people. Today there are190 million Brazilians of all races, creeds and cultures and they form the world's fifth largest population.

The ethnic miscegenation has direct impact on Brazilian culture. While immigrant traditions have been maintained and perpetuated, the cultural integration has created national features well known around
the world, such as samba, carnival and religious pluralism.

Besides the cultural and ethnic diversity presented in Brazil, the country also has one of the highest biodiversity in the world. In its 385 million hectares of native forest shelters animals, plants and microorganisms in their different biomes.

Language: Portuguese
Currency: Real

It has the 8th largest economy in the world
Area 8,547,403.5 sq. km


The wonderful city continues to charm the visitors. Marked with icons such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf and the carioca Carnival, Rio de Janeiro offers several attractions to its tourists.

Its coast line is 86km long and offers all types of beaches, from the most famous such as Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, that have inspired songs, to lesser knownones with natural landscapes. Besides beaches Rio has other sites that revel in natural beauty and offer the visitor a glimpse of Brazil's rich biodiversity, such as the Botanical Gardens and Tijuca National Park.

Chosen to host the 2014 Football World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, the city has also tour options related to sports, such as a visit to the traditional foot ball stadium Maracanã.

However, Rio's greatest offering to Brazilian culture are music and dance. The city is the birthplace of musical styles like Samba and Bossa Nova and hosts the sumptuous parades of samba schools in carnival among other celebrations of street carnival. We cannot fail to mention the richness of Brazilian rhythms like chorinho always present in traditional neighborhoods such as Lapa and Santa Teresa, destinations sought after by foreign visitors.


The Brazilian culture is the result of a broad mixture of people. With indigenous, African and European influences.
The Brazilian folklore is rich in dances which represent the traditions and culture of a determined region and are linked to the religious aspects, festivals, legends, historical facts, daily events and games.

There is the "Samba de Roda", a musical style characterized by elements of the african- Brazilian culture, with instruments like the cowbell, tambourine, viola and berimbau. It is the most traditional variant of samba.

The "Maracatu" is a musical rhythm with dance typical of the Pernambuco region. This same region is known because of "frevo".The dancers commonlyuse a small colored umbrella asa choreographicelement. The northeast is also known because of "Forró and Baião" with instruments such as triangle, viola, accordion and flute, the dance occurs in pairs.

The Brazilian popular music is a Brazilian musical genre, enjoyed mainly by the urban middle class of Brazil, the MPB emerged from the 60's. It was created from the fusion of two musical movements, Bossa Nova, with its sophistication and engagement of the Popular Centers of Culture, with its fidelity to the Brazilian roots music. Then, the MPB has included other mixtures of rhythms like samba and rock, and currently is very internationally recognized.


The Brazilian cuisine is a result of the diversity of its population and vast territorial expansion, possessing different dishes in different regions of the country.
In the south, we have the Barbecue, which means roast meat on embers, a specialty from the gaúchos (residents of the Rio Grande do Sul state).

In the southeast can be found the rich "mineira" food (typical dishes from the region of Minas Gerais) which uses bean, pork and cheese as key ingredients. It is from this state the famous "cheese bread" . In Rio de Janeiro one of the typical dishes is the feijoada. This dish is prepared based on black beans and pieces of pork.

The most famous drink in Brazil is the caipirinha. The drink is prepared based on cachaça (brandy), lime, sugar and ice.

Currently, there are other versions with vodka, sake and using other fruits.






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