The Brazilian Productive Inclusion model illustrated through small-scale farmers’ experiences
Brasilia, April 7th, 2014 – Last Tuesday, the representatives of 18 countries visited a farm settlement called “Pequeno William” located in the rural area of Planaltina (Brasilia D.F.). The field trip was organized by the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS) of Brazil within the context of the 9th Edition of the International Seminar “Social Policies for Development”. This event brought together delegations from Africa (Angola, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Mauritania, Tunisia, Zambia), Asia (China, Pakistan), Latin America (Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Surinam), the Middle-East (Kuwait) and Europe (Switzerland).
The International Seminar “Social Policies for Development”, hosted by the MDS from March 31st to April 5th of 2014 in Brasilia, aimed at presenting Brazilian strategies against poverty and extreme poverty to other developing countries in order to foster knowledge sharing and social development policies around the world. Thanks to the field trip, the participants could gain a concrete insight into two of the main topics discussed during the seminar: the “Food Acquisition Programme” (PAA, Programa de Aquisição de Alimentos) as well as the Brazilian conditional cash transfer program (Bolsa Família).
Located 38 kilometers out of Brasilia, this settlement is an example of the successful farming experiences that have flourished during the last three years in Brazil. The Sustainable and Integrated Agroecological Production scheme (PAIS, Produção Agroecológica Integrada e Sustentável) was implemented in the area in order to grow products without pesticides or agrochemicals. This project was created thanks to the support of the Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Enterprise (Emater-DF, Empresa de Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural do Distrito Federal), the Brazilian Service of Support to the Micro and Small Enterprises in Brasilia (Sebrae-DF, Serviço Brasileiro de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas no DF) and the Foundation of Banco do Brasil.
The 21 families living in the settlement grow vegetables in several collective areas. In 2013, the crops yielded USD 30 000 worth of produce which was purchased by the PAA. These families are also beneficiaries of Bolsa Família and of the Productive Rural Activities Programme (Programa de Fomento às Atividades Produtivas Rurais), which is part of a wider strategy called Brasil Sem Miséria (“Brazil Without Extreme Poverty”) targeting farmers in situations of extreme poverty. Besides technical assistance, the families have received grants which are paid in biannual transfers over two years in order for them to buy inputs and equipment.
Over the last decade, the PAA programme has ensured a minimum income to the farmers and strengthened family farming in Brazil. The federal government has purchased agricultural products from 388 thousand family farmers at market prices and invested USD 2.3 billion. This represents more than 4 million tons of fresh and healthy food, benefitting more than 23 thousands social welfare entities.
To learn more about family agriculture, social protection programmes for rural populations and food security, see the IPC-IG’s publications:
Technical Paper #7 – Structured Demand and Smallholder farmers in Brazil: the case of PAA and PNAE
Country Study #22 – The Food Security Policy Context In Brazil
Working Paper #87 – Poverty, Inequality And Social Policies In Brazil, 1995-2009
Working Paper #106 – Scaling Up Local Development Initiatives: Brazil’s Food Acquisition Programme
For additional information on PAA and PNAE, click here.
Check out the photo gallery from the event here.
By Amélie Courau. Photo credits: Amélie Courau/IPC/UNDP
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