For Cepea, crop and livestock protection is one of the main issues that, in the last decades, determined the development of global agribusiness. In the future, this subject might be of greater importance.
In Brazil, where this sector plays a strategic role, crop and livestock protection assumes high priority. Plagues and diseases have potential to affect social, environmental and economically both the farmer and the consumer, especially the low-income ones, to whom agribusiness products play an important role in the family budget.
In the current stage of technological development – in which the reduction of losses is the focus in a context of fighting hunger and malnutrition –, the socioeconomic concern contrasts with environmental and public health issues.
In the long term, the tradeoff between these two issues might be mitigated as new, economically feasible technologies are generated – either reducing the impacts of agrochemicals use or its own use. For now, it is about studying and implementing ways of reducing its undesirable effects, a work that demands farmers education programs designed to approximate the current practices to those scientifically recommended.
With economic studies, Cepea acts in the field of crop and livestock protection by connecting the scientific area to the stakeholders in this subject, aiming at controlling socially and economically pests and diseases. Also, through research and studies, providing more transparency to stakeholders about the economic magnitude of sanitary and phytosanitary measures for the agribusiness and for the whole community. Among stakeholders, there are farmers, consumers, agrochemicals producers, government institutions and public entities focused on sustainability and on the health of farmers and consumers. Cepea places itself as a platform for informed discussions about these highly relevant issues.