IFAD in Brazil
IFAD has been operating in Brazil since the 1980s. Currently, the Fund's largest portfolio in the Latin America and the Caribbean region is in Brazil.
IFAD-funded operations contribute to increasing incomes and improving livelihoods mainly by promoting water security, supporting agricultural development and natural resource management, and encouraging poor people's participation in development processes through improved access to education, infrastructure and other support services.
Working closely with the Brazilian government, at both federal and state levels, IFAD supports the efforts to reduce poverty and increase the productivity of rural poor people in ways that are both sustainable and environmentally friendly. Over the years, IFAD has developed a strategic partnership with the federal and state governments and has welcomed the participation of municipal governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and locally based organizations. These partnerships have led to improved knowledge management, enhanced policy dialogue and scaling up of project interventions.
The Fund's operations are concentrated in the semi-arid North-East, the region with the greatest concentration of rural poor people. Target groups include poor farmers, agrarian reform settlers and rural workers, and particular attention is paid to women and young people.
IFAD-funded interventions in Brazil focus on:
- increasing smallholder farmers commercial agricultural production and improve equitable access to markets;
- improving rural poor people's access to off-farm employment and business activities;
- fostering knowledge generation and dissemination to improve the capacity of poor rural people and those of local institutions so that they can exploit the potential of semi-arid region and adapt to climate change;
- deepening the discussion on rural poverty reduction and family farming policies at national and international levels.
To strengthen its presence in the country, IFAD has set up an office in the city of Salvador, Bahia. The office interacts with programmes and projects on a day-to-day basis and liaises with the Country Programme Manager to follow up on knowledge management and policy dialogue activities.