The Brazil Learning Initiative for a World without Poverty (WWP) closes the year focused on the rural world. A new series of publications, video and webinar show how Brazil seeks to promote sustainable food security and income generation in areas outside urban centers.
There are four new documents on the Food Purchase Program (PAA), the Brazilian project that served as a starting point for PAA Africa, its international version tested simultaneously in five African countries.
These publications are intended to meet the demand from international public managers and enrich the content already available about the PAA - the Fact Sheet and the Data Sheet - on the WWP website.
This issue also features the launch of the second video of our productive inclusion series of case studies, which presents the innovative experience of rural development in the backland (Sertão) of the São Francisco River Territory, state of Bahia.
The year is coming to an end and 2017 has good news in store for the WWP: the Initiative will have a new website, redesigned to facilitate access to our technical material in the three languages already available - Portuguese, English and Spanish - and French as well.
The WWP Newsletter will keep track of site improvements. You will receive our next issue in your e-mail box with a completely new design which will make reading more enjoyable. All this and more coming up soon.
The Food Purchase Program was established in 2003. Since then, the Brazilian government has already purchased more than five million tons of food from family farmers. These products are served on the tables of institutions that are part of the social assistance and food equipment network: low-cost restaurants, community kitchens, schools and food banks.
Text 2, The six modalities of the PAA, is particularly interesting for policy makers for it provides details regarding the program’s modalities and their functioning as well as the actors involved in each one, their structure and forms of implementation. This facilitates its replication in other contexts.
Text 4 - History of the Brazilian PAA, features the program's time line, showing the legislation and innovations that have marked its development.
The WWP Series of Case Studies - which shows good productive inclusion practices - reaches its third issue and shows the experience on the city of Senador Canedo, located in the metropolitan area of Goiânia, in the Brazilian state of Goiás.
The municipality has made important progress with the participation of local managers in mobilizing target audiences, mediating the relationship with the labor market in order to define adequate professional training to meet local demand and assisting students in finding job opportunities. In addition, the Secretariats for Labor and Social Assistance have created a decisive task force to reduce desertion of low-income students.
Amadou Kanar Diop (General Delegation for Social Protection and National Solidarity of the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal) and Darana Souza (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO) adressed the importance of integrating the support to family farming to national social protection systems. Read more about the event.
"We had a few chickens. Then we were granted benefits and thought it would be better to increase our breeding stock. Today, our stock gives us 90 eggs a day and that's how we make a living", says Jozefa Maria de Souza, one of the smallholders interviewed in the latest WWP video availabe below.
Both video and case study show how the Regional Institute for Appropriate Small Farming and Animal Husbandry (IRPAA) has combined empirical and local knowledge with technical expertise to offer technical assistance and agricultural extension (ATER) services. Hired by the Brazilian federal government, IRPAA’s job resulted in increased rural income for beneficiary families.