Ing. Agr. Norman Breuer, PhD began his professional life as a partner and technical manager of a forage seed company that was the first to commercially introduce various species and cultivars adapted 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 be considered for their management. This realization led him to undertake higher studies in the United States to specialize in the aforementioned processes. He studied agricultural systems and interdisciplinary agricultural ecology, and worked for years with producer groups on the use of climate information to support decision-making, such as risk reduction and input optimization.
In 2011, Dr. Breuer founded Ciencia Agroambiental as an individual enterprise with the idea of doing consulting work strongly based on science. Currently, science is very broad and complex. In order to deal with this complexity, the firm works with a network of highly qualified and specialized associate researchers in areas such as animal science, remote sensing, biology, and climate, among others. Aided by this network of collaborators who possess a great wealth of expertise and ideas, the firm expanded into new areas of action, such as the development of applications to guide sustainability, carbon balance, and adaptation at the field level, including climate information networks that support production insurance.
The firm has a mission and vision that include a set of values on sustainable development, including the importance of productive efficiency as the first condition for sustainability and as a proxy measure for adaptation and mitigation to global change. We hold the firm conviction that production can be harmonized with the conservation of nature, especially biodiversity and climate. At the same time, we believe that the majority of Paraguayan beef, grain, oilseed and biomass production systems are already sustainable, but their management and visibility can always be improved. We seek to highlight he strengths of each production system. To this end, we work with all relevant stakeholders, including producer associations, individual ranchers, civil society, the financial system, industry, multilateral agencies, the government and academia.
Finally, we affirm that sustainability is not a concept chiseled in stone, but rather it is an idea in constant evolution. Through our work, we want to contribute to that evolution.