Agronomist specialized in rural management. He is the coordinator of the Agribusiness Studies Center of Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), with hundreds of published works on agriculture, cooperativism and rural economy. He was the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil (January 2003-June 2006) and Secretary of Agriculture and Supply of the São Paulo state government, he also coordinated the National Forum of Secretaries of State for Agriculture, led the private sector at the National Agriculture Forum and founded Agrishow, alongside the Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG), the Brazilian Rural Society (SRB), The Brazilian Machinery Builders' Association (ABIMAQ) and the Brazilian National Fertilizer Association (ANDA). He was the president of ABAG, of SRB and of the Superior Council of Agribusiness of the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP/COSAG). Among his works involving cooperativism, he was the president of the Organization of Brazilian Cooperatives (OCB) for two terms of office (1985/1991), of the International Cooperative Agricultural Organization (1992-1997) and of the International Cooperative Alliance (ACI), in 1997 and 2001. Currently, he is the FAO Special Ambassador for Cooperatives.