To celebrate the International Day of Rural Women (October 15th), the Forbes Magazine for the first time in the last week list with the “100 Powerful Women of Agro”. Once again, the UFV is present when the subject refers to actions and important names linked to Brazilian and international agriculture.

Besides Ana Carolina Gomes, a former agribusiness student at the University, already published on the UFV website, six other women make up the Forbes list. One of them is even a professor at UFV. Professor Elizabeth Pacheco Batista Fontes, from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UFV, completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University. She is among the 100 for the relevance of her researches that place her in a vanguard position in the elucidation of plant defense signaling pathways against biotic and abiotic stresses. The professor, who is a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, was already included in an Another name highlighted by Forbes that has ties with the UFV is the minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Tereza Cristina da Costa Dias. An agronomist from the University, she is on the list for the work she has been doing to open up new markets for Brazilian products and for the integration of family farming in agro policies. The minister, who visited the Viçosa campus, in August of this year, registered in the institution’s gold book: “with emotion and gratitude for everything I received from this university for my professional and personal life.”

It is also part of the Forbes Magazine list Elizabeth Nogueira Fernandes, boss- General of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) Gado de Leite, in Juiz de Fora (MG). A forestry engineer with a degree, master’s and doctorate from UFV, she is the first woman to head this unit, created in 1976.

Another woman working at Embrapa that is on the list is Henriette Monteiro Cordeiro de Azeredo, graduated in Food Engineering at UFV. She is currently a researcher at Embrapa Agroindústria Tropical, a unit located in Fortaleza (CE). She is also on the list of the most influential researchers in the world, according to a study by Stanford University, published in the Journal Plos Biology. Henriette coordinates projects in line with the demands of current consumption, which includes the development of biodegradable and edible films and coatings and the use of nanostructures in packaging materials.

The executive director of Corporate Clients, from Rural Banking – Rabobank Brasil, Fabiana Purri Ferreira Alves, is another prominent name with a background at UFV. An agronomist, she is a specialist in finance for agribusiness and has worked at Rabobank since 2007. She is also part of Forbes’ relationship with agronomist and master’s degree in plant pathology from UFV Vanessa Sabioni. During her academic life, she devoted herself to studies on the management of phytonematodes. In 2017, it created the Agromulher portal as a space for debates, digital events and exhibition of content related to the female presence in the sector.

In the photo below are, from left to right: Ana Carolina, Elizabeth Fernandes, Elizabeth Fontes, Fabiana, Henriette, Tereza Cristina and Vanessa.

Font: Institutional Disclosure of the Federal University of Viçosa on 10/22/2021.


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