To date, TechnoServe has completed a pilot program in the south of the State of Bahia generating benefits for 60 farmers who live on settlements created after agrarian reform. The program developed an outgrowing model for the farmers in partnership with an agro-processing company, Inaceres, and an impact investor, Instituto Ventura. Farmers obtained long term credit of $5,400 and technical assistance to establish a high value horticultural product, heart of palm, generating on average close to $400 per month in income for each family. Inaceres has since adopted the model for replication and scale up to ensure it obtains a high quality, reliable supply of product, benefiting even more smallholder farming communities in the area.
On The Ground
Smallholder Farmer Integration
Promoting Best Practices in Agronomy and Sustainability
May 8, 2012
In the south of the Brazilian state of Bahia, three organizations are uniting to implement an economic development project that is generating benefits for 60 farmers who live on settlements created after agrarian reform.
October 13, 2011
The great Peter Drucker once said, “Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” The story of Liset and Ximena Contreras embodies this quote and much more.
Country Director Brazil and Senior Advisor