Newsletter No. 18 - Brazilian Science, Technology and Innovation News
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Brazilian Science, Tech and Innovation News
Newsletter No. 18 February 4th, 2022
São Paulo: World's Fourth Largest Fintech Ecosystem
The city of São Paulo is currently the fourth largest fintech ecosystem in the world, ranking below only San Francisco, London and New York City in the 2021 Global Fintech Ranking. This comes as a result of the rapid growth (210%) of Brazil's technology setor in the last 10 years, according to DataHub.
Agro 4.0 Projects will raise investment in Brazil's rural sector
The Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI) concluded the first edition of the Agro 4.0 Program, which selected 14 pilot technology projects for improving agribusiness. The selected technology will be implented in 700 rural properties and later spread throughout the segment to increase production and investment in agribusiness. This year's Agro 4.0 gave special attention to IoT ("Internet of Things") technology in agriculture, which may enhance earnings of Brazil's rural sector by US$ 361 billion until 2025.
Embrapa launches public call for AgNest partner companies, the first innovation farm lab in Brazil
The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA ) launched, on December 20, the public call for the selection of AgNest partner companies, an initiative to promote open innovation and entrepreneurship with a focus on generating digital and sustainable solutions for agriculture. The laboratory, located in Jaguariúna (SP), will provide infrastructure for startups that work in agribusiness (agtechs and foodtechs) to carry out experimentation, validation and demonstration of new technologies, in an environment that will also enable the connection with research, development and innovation (RD&I), corporations and investors.
USP scientists create glove that detects pesticides in food
Scientists from the University of São Paulo (USP) have created a wearable sensor device embedded in a synthetic rubber glove capable of detecting pesticide residues in food. With sensors at the fingertips, the device allows to check the presence of toxic substances in fruits and vegetables. Technique does not require prior sample preparation and does not generate waste.