Ciencia Agroambiental is a professional society. Our founder was a partner and technical manager of a forage seed company, which was the first to commercially introduce several species and cultivars to Paraguay. During trips to the field to generate recommendations, he was able to verify that each field, each pasture and each farm constitute ecosystems with components, connections and flows to consider for their management. This realization led him to undertake graduate studies in the United States to better understand the aforementioned processes. He studied agricultural systems and interdisciplinary ecology, and later worked with producer groups on the issue of the use of climate information to support decision-making such as risk reduction and input optimization.
In 2011, Dr. Breuer founded Ciencia Agroambiental as a sole-proprietorship consulting firm. Having created the base and the idea of consulting strongly based on science, new partners were incorporated in 2020. Science is very broad and complex today, but also needs specialists in areas such as remote sensing, animal science and biology. The new partners, all with doctorates, brought a great wealth of expertise and ideas to the firm, which expanded into new areas of action, such as the development of applications to guide sustainability, carbon balance and adaptation to field level, including climate information networks that support producer insurance for adaptation. The firm now develops courses, training, and engages in science communication.
A set of values on sustainability is common among the partners. Among these are sustainable development, the importance of productive efficiency as the first condition for sustainability and as a proxy measure for adaptation and mitigation to global change, and the belief that production can harmonize with the conservation of nature, especially biodiversity. At the same time, we believe that most Paraguayan beef, grain and oilseed production systems are already sustainable, but their management and visibility can always improve. We seek to highlight the strengths of production systems. To achieve this, we work with individuals and producer associations, civil society, the financial system, industry, multilateral agencies and academia. Our associate researchers support us on topics such as climate, water resources, computer science, natural resource management, and field management.
Finally, sustainability is not something chiseled in stone, it is a concept in constant evolution. We wish to contribute to that evolution through our work.