WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
21 Feb 2013 | Publication | News

Brazil’s Lessons in Rural Development

WOLA is pleased to announce the publication of the new report, “Brazil’s Lessons in Rural Development: Family Agriculture, Access to Water, and Civic Engagement,” which highlights two Brazilian policies that support small farmers.

Across Latin America, rural poverty rates remain stubbornly high. While many countries in the region have experienced notable national-level economic growth rates over the past decade, income and opportunities in rural areas have not grown at the same rate. Brazil’s Food Acquisition Program (Programa de Adquisição de Alimentos, PAA) and the Cistern Programs, are examples of a successful cooperation to address rural poverty.

WOLA’s report focuses not only on the programs themselves, but also the process of civil society advocacy for these programs, and the ways that small farmers, non-governmental organizations, and the federal and local governments have partnered to implement these policies. As civil society and governments throughout Latin America examine new ways to support rural development, successful programs such as these can serve as a foundation to draw upon in the creation of effective new policies. 

Click here to download the report.