Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of chemical firm DowDuPont, will supply global soyabean leader Brazil with tools to conduct research to enhance farming competitiveness and sustainability.

A four-year agreement between Corteva and Embrapa, the research arm of Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, would see Corteva provide technology and digital tools to Embrapa to conduct research focusing on improving pest and drought tolerance in crops, enhance post-harvest quality of agri products and minimise environmental impacts, the firm said in a 21 May statement.

The digital tools would also be used to support early-on disease detection and to improve forecasting and modelling capabilities for decision makers.

“Embrapa’s top priorities are to increase Brazil’s agricultural sustainability and to enhance the livelihoods and competitiveness of its farmers,” said Embrapa president Mauricio A Lopes.

“Genomics and advanced digital tools are two of the most powerful strategies to do that,” he added.