By Leonardo Gottems, Reporter for AgroPages
The Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea) established a partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa), to adopt indicators for evaluating the effects of the implementation of the National Program of Inputs for Organic Agriculture (Bioinsumos).
These indicators, which will be presented later this semester in 2019, aims to create the legal framework of the sector, facilitate the access of rural producers to various organic inputs, and promote the use of substances or organisms of biological origin in agriculture.
Ipea's Directorate of Regional, Urban and Environmental Studies and Policies (Dirur) selected three fellows to work directly on the Mapa program. According to researcher Regina Sambuichi, professionals should assist in creating research analysis and planning methodology processes.
According to the program’s planning and research report, “fellows will help, by utilizing Ipea's expertise in evaluating public policies and developing indicators.” A detailed report is scheduled for completion in November, which will present the survey’s results.
The partnership between Mapa and Ipea, which is in line with the sector's public policies and supports Mapa in the creating a high-level bio-inputs program, became official during a workshop held in Brasilia that aimed to create a model for prioritizing the project’s goals and actions. The Logic Model Building Workshop of the National Bioinsume Program also took place in August.
During the program, experts from across the country discussed ways of achieving effective results under various circumstances, to solve the sector’s identifiable problems. Its methodologies are already used by other federal government programs, such as the Food Acquisition Program (PAA).
Bio-inputs range from seeds, fertilizers, plant and animal nutrition products, plant extracts, and pesticides made from beneficial microorganisms for pest and disease control, as well as homeopathic products and technologies that contain biological actives.