Cepea is the economic research center at Esalq (“Luiz de Queiroz” College of Agriculture), USP (University of São Paulo), in Piracicaba. The Center develops research regarding economic, financial, social and environmental aspects of about 30 agribusiness supply chains. Cepea aims to contribute for a more efficient and sustainable management of agribusiness, providing, at the same time, scientific information and analyses  for policymakers focused on the development of the sector and, as a result, of Brazil.


Cepea is a group formed by part of Esalq’s Economic and Management Department faculty working together with a team of roughly 150 people, including PhD and MS researchers in Economics, Management, Agronomy, Communications, Information Technology plus graduate and undergraduate intern students from several universities. 

Cepea’s team interacts with approximately 6,000 agents of every segment of the agribusiness sector. These “Cepea collaborators” constitute a “community” designed for daily information exchange.


Agribusiness Price Indexes, costs estimates and risk evaluations plus in depth domestic and global markets information are continuously produced by Cepea.


Continuous research for business sustainability


Cepea’s team talks every day to its collaborators: farmers, dealers and agents from inputs and processing industries from all over Brazil. The data obtained from these agents or collaborators are statistically treated and analyzed and then released both to these agents specifically and to the general public. 


Price data are statistically processed to obtain Indexes and Regional Averages. Most price Indexes are released daily at 6:00 pm. Regional averages are released during the day – intraday updates –, helping the decision making by players operating in real time.


The quantitative and qualitative information generated by Cepea are used for the elaboration of sector analyses, released daily in Portuguese and English.


Analyses are released nationally and globally by Cepea’s partners, such as Agência Estado, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters, and by several other types of news media.


Products surveyed by Cepea:

  • Sugar
  • Ethanol
  • Fed cattle
  • Calf
  • Poultry
  • Swine
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Coffee
  • Cotton
  • Corn
  • Soybean
  • Wheat
  • Forest products
  • Paper and pulp
  • Rice
  • Sheep
  • Cassava
  • Potato
  • Onion
  • Carrot
  • Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Citrus
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Papaya
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Grape
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