July 10th, 1936, Alysson Paolinelli was born, in the small municipality Bambuí, with 5,000 inhabitants, Minas Gerais. The city is 270 km from Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state. His father was an agronomist and responsible for the small town’s agricultural technical assistance office. Early on, Alysson realized there the importance of the public sector’s role in agricultural development and in improving the population’s life and income. This was a seed that germinated as visions and dreams for Brazilian agriculture, still in its youth.
He left his hometown at the age of 15 to attend high school in Lavras / Minas Gerais, where he also graduated as an agronomist from the Lavras School of Agriculture (ESAL), in 1959. In the same year, he became a professor of Hydraulics, Irrigation and Drainage at the institution, where he would later serve as Director, until 1970.