On pages 22 and 23, Professor Gerry Boyle, the director of Teagasc, reports on a visit there, a visit fully justified by the worldwide reputation that Brazilian agricultural research has established for itself. There are real lessons for Ireland and Europe.

The progress in their agricultural output over the last 40 years has been extraordinary. They have gone from food scarcity to being a world leading exporter of beef, soya and sugar. They are now practically fully self-sufficient in dairy production as a result of focussed research to develop a type of cow to suit their climate, and grass varieties to suit their soil and weather.