On Friday, we had our last two company visits for the entire trip: the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) and Petrobras. Our day began bright and early with a quick breakfast before we left for the Development Bank in downtown Rio de Janeiro.
May 27, 2016
After our short flight to Rio de Janeiro, we were welcomed by a breathtaking overview of the whole city including the soccer stadium, Olympic arenas, Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, and other landmarks visible in the clear blue sky.
May 26, 2016
Today was the most exciting day yet! We got to spend a whole 10 hours crammed on the bus with a few stops in between. Some of the highlights of the day included...
May 24, 2016
Around 7:30, we departed Toledo City and set our sails for the Coodetec research facility in Cascavel. At this particular facility, they breed for new crop varieties and test crop protection products. We were warmly greeted by several members of the Coodetec staff and informed on their business model and products.
May 23, 2016
It's common for Americans to travel in between multiple states every day, or visit the four corner boundary of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado, but not many can say they've stood and looked at three countries at a time. Well, the members of IBIP were able to today.
May 22, 2016
We had a mellow two-hour bus ride and arrived at our first destination: LAR Cooperative Soybean Facility. We met with the plant manager and chemical engineer of the factory. They played a short video and gave a brief presentation describing the history of the company that was established in 1964 and the steps within the soybean production process that produce about 400,000 tons of soy per day.
May 21, 2016
We started the day at the Embrapa Environment, a research center, learning about company history and their work. Embrapa researches a variety of topics that affect the agriculture sector, including food security, integrated pest management and climate change risk. We had the opportunity to visit one of their trial sites: a coffee field where researchers...
May 20, 2016
We were then welcomed by a microeconomics class where we learned about crude oil and the relationships between Brazil, Germany and the U.S. It was an amazing experience to be able to interact and have discussions with Brazilian students! Next, we enjoyed a buffet lunch on campus and continued with 4 more presentations about Brazil’s heated political climate, organic coffee, sustainable agriculture and the agriculture industry in Brazil.
May 19, 2016
Next it was time to suit up for a facility tour! We were able to view the production and packaging of many prominent Brazilian treats (and were even able to taste some snacks warm off the assembly line!)
May 18, 2016
Our first visit was with Brazil's largest outdoor food and flower market, CAEGESP. The presenters showed us a short video and asked if we had any questions which were translated from English to Portuguese.
May 17, 2016