THE ARGENTINE PEANUT CLUSTER.

ARGENTINE PEANUT FOUNDATION

The peanut producing and processing companies that belong to the Peanut Agricultural and Industrial Sector, grouped in the Chamber, invest in scientific research, development and technological innovation by way of their contributions to the Argentine Peanut Foundation (FMA, as per the Spanish acronym).

The Argentine Peanut Foundation was created in 2001 upon the need to research and develop enhanced procedures to enable to counter very severe issues affecting the peanut crop at the time.

This production area that plays a material socio-economic role due to the number of human and material resources and services it requires, was undergoing serious difficulties at the time, based on limitations of the crops, especially regarding crop diseases.

As a response to such circumstance and based on the initiative from the overall peanut sector, the Association of Agricultural Engineers of Gral. Cabrera and surrounding areas, created the Argentine Peanut Foundation. Thus, it stood as the founding member of this Nonprofit Organization, which seeks to address such issues based on research initiatives, with the contributions from the member companies of the Argentine Peanut Chamber.

The mission of this non-profit organization is to identify the issues affecting the peanut crop and other agricultural and livestock products of our area, and research and develop enhanced procedures and scientific solutions that enable to counter such issues, while promoting development and improvement of the peanut-growing industry and other agricultural and livestock products of our area, to pursue research and dissemination of procedures that benefit the common good, the sustainability of crops and protection of the ecosystem.

To such end, upon its creation, the organization established the following goals:

  • Promote development and improvement of the peanut crop by disseminating appropriate technologies on the premise of sustainable crops, farmers and the ecosystem.
  • Improve productive and commercial business by advancing the productive and commercial activity based on enhanced research and development, dissemination of technology, technical assistance, and all such innovative initiatives that result in the improved wellbeing of all the stakeholders in this economic region.
  • Promote training courses, nonprofit publications and any other teaching and academic activity aimed at improving the current available technologies.
  • Enter into agreements and conventions with nonprofit research institutions, individuals or groups with a view to attaining the foregoing goals.
  • Undertake studies regarding industrialization, potential alternative uses and marketing of peanuts, as well as other agricultural and livestock products of our area and carry out initiatives to promote consumption of peanuts and other products from the agricultural and livestock sector in order to expand their domestic and external demand.

The Argentine Peanut Foundation fulfills its mission and goals by entering into Research Agreements with public and private institutions, universities, research institutes, analysis and surveillance laboratories,
and research groups, and financing any scientific and technology development and innovation activity that results in a benefit
to the overall sector.

Among other institutions cooperating with the Argentine Peanut Foundation, we may list the following:

  • Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA, National Institute of Agricultural and Livestock Technology)
  • Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial (INTI, National Institute of Industrial Technology)
  • Centro de Excelencia en Productos y Procesos de Córdoba (CeProCor, Center for Product and Processes’ Excellence of Córdoba)
  • National University of Córdoba
  • National University of Río Cuarto
  • Catholic University of Córdoba
  • National Technology University
  • CONICET (National Council of Technical and Scientific Research)
  • Ministry of Industry, Trade, Mining and Technological and Scientific Development, articulating with the Secretariat of Science and Technology of the Province of Córdoba
  • Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Argentina
  • National Agency for Promotion of Science and Technology and related programs.
  • Para cumplir su objetivo, la Fundación Maní Argentino, dirige y financia proyectos de investigación en dos áreas principales: a) Agronomía, (manejo y mejoramiento del cultivo) y b) Industria y Comercialización (Caracterización del Maní Argentino).

    Dentro de estas áreas, ha financiado más de 80 proyectos de investigación de los cuales el 80% fueron proyectos en el área de la investigación agronómica, referidos al cultivo; y el 20% restante fueron proyectos de investigación referidos directamente al producto y que influyeron y contribuyeron en la industrialización y comercialización del producto. Esta inversión en investigación creció marcadamente en los últimos años.

    10

    In order to fulfill its goal, the Argentine Peanut Foundation manages and finances research projects in two key areas: a) Agriculture (crop management and improvement) and b) Industry and Trade (Characterization of Argentine Peanut).

    Within these areas, it has financed more than 80 research projects, out of which 80% were in the agricultural development field of research, centered on the peanut crop; the remaining 20% were research projects directly focused on the product, which influenced and contributed in the industrialization and marketing of the product. This investment in research initiatives has increased significantly in recent years.

    11

    Following the dissemination and training goals, the Argentine Peanut Foundation publishes and finances the printing of new books, technical notes, dissemination materials and results of research works. Investments were also made in new communication technologies, with the development of a communication channel through the Website: www.fundacionmani.org.ar. On this site, technical experts, researchers and the public may query information on the activities of the Foundation,
    calls for Research Projects, results and past papers and publications of technical material published by the Foundation.

    Faithful to its founding mandate, the Argentine Peanut Foundation financed the Agricultural Experimental Module of General Cabrera during 12 years. Under the technical management of INTA General Cabrera, the Experimental Module supported countless rotation assays, use of pesticides and biological products, fertilization projects, inoculations, planting, cultivars and all the relevant efforts for improving agricultural crop management according to Good Agricultural Practices. The result of this effort was the significant increase in crop productivity achieved in recent years.

    Likewise, the FMA organizes and supports different events annually, which provide training and refresher courses for the technical experts of the sector, with the latest technology and the results of the most recent research on productive management. Technology transfer is carried out by regional INTA professionals under the outreach program (Manfredi, Gral. Cabrera and Río Cuarto), Agricultural Engineers from CIA and industrial companies. During the year, it holds different training meetings and seminars, with the massive turnout of local farmers, professionals and students of the region.

    Among such activities, we may highlight the Peanut Circuit, the Technical Update Meetings of the Argentine Peanut Foundation, the National Peanut Day and the BASF Maximum Peanut Yield Contest, organized by CIA Cabrera.

    The Argentine Peanut Foundation, an institution certified by the National Agency for Scientific and Technological Promotion, is governed by a Board of Directors formed by 13 members from different institutions such as the Argentine Peanut Chamber and the Association of Agricultural Engineers of General Cabrera and surrounding areas, producers and industrial and exporting companies.

    A General Coordinator is the head of the Foundation with the collaboration of an Administrative Secretary in the City of General Cabrera, where it shares offices with the Argentine Peanut Chamber.

    PARTNERS
    MEMBERS