Portfolios are managerial support tools for the organization of projects into strategic themes. Their mission is to direct the production of research, development and innovation (RD&I) solutions towards national demands and their interfaces with regional demands. For that purpose, they consider megatrends in Brazilian agriculture as well as forces modelling the future. Such tools have the aim of ensuring the continuous improvement of the research programming, reducing redundancies, maximizing the use of public funds and better coordinating efforts and skillsets.

The portfolios are organized according to a thematic vision that originates both from a corporate standpoint (top-down) - with the purpose of finding solutions for national, institutional and government demands - and from Embrapa's Decentralized Units (bottom up) - with the aim of producing solutions for regional, biomes' or production chains' demands. Their RD&I priorities are organized as innovation challenges. The innovation challenges describe opportunities and demands from production chains in a way that is connected to Embrapa's strategic goals, within the scope of each portfolio theme.

With the aim of improving the planning of the research program, and monitor and reduce redundancies, in 2018 SPD promoted the reorganization of the corporation's RD&I project portfolios, with the purpose of strengthening them as planning and monitoring tools, connecting the RD&I program to corporate strategies and meeting societal expectations.

It created 33 new portfolios that aim to develop the connection between RD&I projects of PD&I and the corporation's impact targets and strategic objectives, as well as the megatrend challenges pointed in the Document Vision: 2030, through innovation challenges.

The portfolio aims at optimizing and rationalizing water use, and increase its efficiency and productivity.

The portfolio's goal is to inform public policy that aims at the production and consumption of safe and nutritional foods, to benefit health and generate jobs and income.

This is a portfolio that works towards the development of sustainable production chains in the Amazon region, based on the use of local natural resources, land use planning and environmental management to stimulate agribusiness and family-based production in that region.

The portfolio's purpose is to generate knowledge and technologies that lead to solutions for the rational use of natural resources and help the elaboration of public policy, in order to strengthen and ensure the social, environmental and economic sustainability of Brazilian aquaculture.

The present portfolio studies on automation, precision agriculture, and information and communication technologies to enhance the sustainability of production systems and add value to agricultural products and processes.

The portfolio's goal is to obtain innovation solutions focused on the use of biotechnological tools.

The portfolio's purpose is to develop innovation solutions by generating technological assets for the cocoa chain,and thus provide production differentials, recovery of shares of the international market, and the development of new byproducts. This portfolio should enhance the competitiveness of cocoa-based businesses and inform public policy for such production chain.

The ideia is to boost the cocoa production sector through four large areas of research - genetic resources, breeding, management, and disease control.

The Cocoa portfolio is the result of the joint efforts between Embrapa and the Cocoa Crop Plan Executive Commission (Ceplac) to strenthen RD&I action on the production chain in Brazil. 

The portfolio's priority focus is to generate knowledge to make sustainable technological solutions for the competitiveness of the Brazilian coffee agribusiness possible.

The portfolio conducts, promotes and monitors the obtainment of impacting results for Brazilian society. The innovation challenges are related to bovines; goats and sheep; poultry and swines; and security and quality of meat as food.

The portfolio works to improve production conditions and quality of life in areas of water scarcity through innovative solutions. Priority focus on the Brazilian Semiarid region.

The portfolio's purpose is to value biomass products, bringing significant economic and environmental gains for the country.

A portfolio that aims at the improvement and sustainable expansion of fiber production for textile use and of biomass for bioenergy and food purposes.

The portfolio deals with sustainable forest management, forestry and forest breeding, environmental compliance for rural properties, and forest conservation, towards in technological solutions to improve sustainable forest production.

The portfolio's goal is to work on technological bottlenecks in order to develop the quality of fruit and byproducts.

The portfolio focuses on technological innovation for tropical fruits in order to develop fruit quality, inform public policy and meet the demands of the production sector.


Increasing the competitiveness and sustainability of the grain production chains in the different Brazilian regions through Research, Development and Technology Transfer for Innovation is the goal of the portfolio.

The present portfolio induces innovations to promote the sustainable intensification of production, value aggregation to different chains, and higher vegetable consumption, so as to develop the the population's food security and diversity.

Improving, consolidating and updating Embrapa's management models, mechanisms and tools, while encouraging the information and knowledge sharing and collaborative work, are the goals of the portfolio.

The portfolio's goal is to find solutions for social and environmental problems. Segments are territorial social innovation, territorial development and territorial multifunctionality.

It develops solutions for pest control, nutrition and adaptation of plants aiming at environmental conservation, public health, animal welfare, productivity, quality, competitiveness and sustainability in agribusiness.

This portfolio maps and supports the organization, generation, integration and dissemination of knowledge and technologies on integrated production systems.

The portfolio integrates multidisciplinary teams to inform public policy and corporate strategies in light of changes in Brazilian agriculture.

Through research, development and innovation, the portfolio contributes to establishing the foundations on which Brazil can become a top milk producer/exporter in the world.

The portfolio generates technical-scientific foundations to rationalize the use and minimize the impacts of agrochemicals in different Brazilian agroecosystem with emphasis on the sustainable exploration of natural resources and on the zoo-phytosanitary security of production chains.

It invests in solutions for the adaptation of production systems in light of the challenges posed by climate change, contributing to national and global food security and for the control of national greenhouse gas emissions.

The portfolio articulates research and development in nanotechnology, so as to produce technological innovations, knowledge and solutions to increase productivity and reduce and/or mitigate the environmental impacts deriving from agricultural and agro-industrial production processes.

The portfolio contributes to increasing efficiency and to the introduction of new sources of nutrients in Brazilian agriculture.

The portfolio contributes to sustainable animal production in pastures, in response to public policy and demands from the Brazilian production sector.

The portfolio deals with the conservation of plant, animal and microorganism genetic resources, which provide genetic variability to Embrapa's and the National Agricultural Research System's (SNPA) research, development and innovation activities.

The portfolio works with the diagnosis, prevention, control and eradication of diseases of mandatory notification established in national programs and epidemiological monitoring systems, and diseases of major impact for animal production.

It aims at significantly reducing production losses and the global costs of managing biotic stresses in Brazilian agriculture, ensuring an increment in the biological services of agroecosystems and safe food production

The portfolio works to ensure multiple environmental services and biodiversity conservation in agricultural and forestry production systems in rural, periurban and urban areas of Brazil

The portfolio contributes to preserve the health of farmers and consumers through the rational use of the natural and socioeconomic resources available, in order to enhance the economic and ecological sustainability of agriculture.


The portfolio prospects for demands/problems regarding soils and generates solutions to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of Brazilian agriculture.