The scientist and activist authored important text books and still lobbies actively for organic cultivation today at the age of Deeply moved, Ana Primavesi expressed her gratitude for receiving the award and stressed the importance of organic cultivation for the preservation of soil fertility and for agriculture in general as well as for the protection of food security. The award would inspire her to dedicate herself whole-heartedly to organic agriculture also in the future. Nacianceno M.
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Born on a large farm in an Austrian village in ,   Annemarie Conrad fell in love with nature, inspired by her father. She studied at the Faculty of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of the University of Vienna , where she was one of only three women in her class. While at school, she met fellow agronomy student Artur von Primavesi, who was of German origin who she married in Ana Primavesi was a pioneer in soil preservation and the recovery of degraded areas in the tropics.
She approached soil management in a way designed to work naturally with the farm's environment, which was particularly important in Brazil.
According to her research, the most appropriate type of agriculture there would encourage farmers to favor treating the soil so it has high levels of organic matter, avoids movement, controls pests using biological techniques, and avoids chemical inputs by substituting organic additives such as green manure. She called her methods agroecology. In a interview,  she explained one aspect of tropical soils:. In the past, when farmers worked with an ox or donkey plow, the plow did not go below 12 or 15 cm and the land remained more or less in the superficial part.
Now with the mechanical traction plow, you can reach 30 or 40 cm, put the dead part on top that is broken up by the rain, enters the ground and clogs the pores. There the land is hard, compacted. Everyone asks me what to do with compaction.
In the tropics, you cannot work the land deeply at all. The work has to be superficial because the ground below is dead. There, she helped organize the first postgraduate course in organic agriculture. Her book "Ecological management alone: agriculture in tropical regions" is still considered a reference work in agricultural sciences.
After her husband's death in , she stayed there to put into practice her research about organic agriculture. She lived on the farm for more than 30 years and authored multiple publications about her research and agriculture work. Under Primavesi's management, her land, which was badly eroded when bought, was rejuvenated with springs, forests and agricultural areas.
Her success there led to many speaking invitations and research projects around the world. Primavesi died in Sao Paulo on 5 January at the age of 99 from heart problems.
She is buried in the city's Congonhas Cemetery. Primavesi published 12 books and 94 unpublished scientific texts and articles. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Brazilian-Austrian agronomist. Archived PDF from the original on 6 February Retrieved 11 April Ana Maria Primavesi in Portuguese. Em solo vivo". Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history.
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Born on a large farm in an Austrian village in ,   Annemarie Conrad fell in love with nature, inspired by her father. She studied at the Faculty of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of the University of Vienna , where she was one of only three women in her class. While at school, she met fellow agronomy student Artur von Primavesi, who was of German origin who she married in Ana Primavesi was a pioneer in soil preservation and the recovery of degraded areas in the tropics. She approached soil management in a way designed to work naturally with the farm's environment, which was particularly important in Brazil.