Advance # 3020559
Reducing hunger among farming families through training programs
||Latin America and Caribbean, Brazil
Background / History
Despite Brazil's sparkling new reputation of growth, the nation harbors some of the most destitute regions in Latin America. In the Northeast, ecologically devastated states of Pernambuco and Maranhão in particular are notorious for having the continent's highest rates of hunger, poverty, malnutrition, and illiteracy. The gap between rich and poor is dramatic. Centuries of exploitation by large landowners and now corporate agribusiness have robbed the land of its fertility and reduced much of the rural population to landless, migrant laborers scratching together a miserable living.
Goals & Objectives
Long Term Goals:
a.) Improve the standard of living of small-scale farmers and their families.
b.) Alleviate hunger and economic hardship by increasing community food production.
c.) Encourage widespread adoption of sustainable, planet-cooling natural resource management practices.
d.) Support women's leadership in agricultural projects.
d.) Meet the local energy demands on-farm through self-sustaining bio-fuel production.
f.) Improve the farming management skills of rural families.
1.) The organizers and technicians from among 20 different states will attend the agro ecology training school. Once trained, the graduates will give trainings in their respective home states. Graduates from Maranhão and Pernambuco will provide technical assistance to the demonstration projects, benefitting over 700 formerly landless farmers.
2.) Each year, a demonstration unit will be established in an agrarian reform settlement (alternating the project between Maranhão and Pernambuco).
In the immediate future, the contribution of an Advance gift would help to:
* Support community-based income generation initiatives and sustainable agriculture that will improve access to healthy, locally produced food in agrarian reform settlements. 268 families will be the direct beneficiaries, while another 804 families will indirectly benefit through the food production surplus, access to healthy food and water.
* Preserve local knowledge and generate income for women and youth in settlement areas. In drought-prone areas, youth and women's work double loads in the dry season collecting water to supply the household. Through this project, 40 households and schools will be benefited with the construction of cisterns.
*268 direct beneficiary families will have access to locally produced, healthy foods, and increased income through sales of excess (chickens and bees purchased, vegetables and fruits planted and harvested);
*804 indirect beneficiary families will have some access to locally produced, healthy foods;
*40 households will have a cistern to collect water for use in times of drought;
*direct and indirect beneficiaries will be more effective sustainable farmers because they will have participated in more trainings and gained more hands on experience;
Budget & Financial Information
|Annual Advance Financial Goal
|Local Financial Support
| Agro ecological training
|Agricultural development and Materials
|Training - Workshops and Site Visits
|Administration & Communications
|Monitoring & Evaluation
- Adult Education, Colleges and Universities, Research, Parenting
- Agriculture/Farming, Food Production/Processing, Environment/Sustainable Development
- Black/African Descent
- Community Development and Meeting Basic Needs
- Education, Training, and Research
- Hispanic or Latino
- Leadership Development and Education
- Leadership Training, Workshops, Networking, Job Counseling
- Materials, Resources, and Supplies for Development
- Native and Indigenous Groups
- Persons With Low-Income, Unemployed, or Poor
- Rural Education
- Rural Populations
- Rural Poverty
- Youth and Young Adults