Brazil

Overview

Brazil, South America's largest country with a population of more than 200 million, has nearly one in ten people living in poverty. Significant positive demographic shifts are building momentum, with millions of Brazilians entering the middle class. Nevertheless, many families remain vulnerable to even small economic shocks. 

While inequality threatens Brazil’s future, its strong private sector represents an asset for inclusive economic growth. In addition, the Brazilian public sector and civil society have the capacity to identify and replicate successful models for development. TechnoServe is well-placed to help create public-private partnerships that demonstrate measurable, sustainable improvements to people’s lives. 

Impact

To date, TechnoServe has completed farmer training programs benefiting over 3,000 farmers across eight states throughout Brazil. Currently, TechnoServe is primarily working in the States of Minas Gerais and Goiás, empowering entrepreneurs and smallholder farmer to grow their businesses, in partnership with the global mining company Anglo American.

On The Ground

Projects

 

Catalyzing Economic Growth in Mining Communities

TechnoServe is implementing two programs in Brazil with the global mining company Anglo American, forming part of a collaboration between the company and the organization across five countries. The two programs are aligned with the Anglo American Socio-Economic Development strategy to drive benefits for the governments and communities that host their mining operations, taking a market systems approach to creating prosperity through enterprise development. The first program, Crescer, takes place in the area of influence surrounding the Minas-Rio mine (Minas Gerais State). The pilot phase is delivering business advisory services to more than 215 rural and urban enterprises. Within 12 months, the Minas-Rio program has had 2.5 times the anticipated participation, with participant satisfaction levels of 90 percent. The program has also mobilized $300,000 in long-term finance from Brazilian banks for participant businesses, and facilitated local supply contracts. The second program, Avançar, is in partnership with the Niobium and Phosphates operations of Anglo American in the Municipalities of Catalão and Ouvidor respectively, in Goiás State. This program targets over 200 participants from three different groups within the community: local businesses supplying to Anglo American, other diverse rural and urban enterprises, and young adults looking to improve their careers or start a business. Workshops and business advisory services begin in early 2015.

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Promoting Best Practices in Agronomy and Sustainability

TechnoServe is implementing a two-year program to deliver training to 3,000 smallholder farmers in agronomy and sustainability best practices, supported by the corporate foundation of a global retailer. The empowerment of women in the participating rural communities is of particular focus, with 1,500 of the targeted beneficiaries being women. Program activities are taking place in the Northeast Region of Brazil, consisting of the development and deployment of innovative technologies alongside traditional training delivery approaches. TechnoServe is convening an inclusive partnership of farmer training actors in the Northeast to ensure the sustainability and replication of results.

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Smallholder Farmer Integration

TechnoServe’s two-year pilot project in Southern Bahia State helped 60 smallholder farmers to diversify their crops and integrate into the value chain of a leading national agro-processing company, Inaceres. Through an innovative partnership with Inaceres and Institute Ventura, a Brazilian organization that promotes the development of environmentally sustainable businesses, TechnoServe identified a market for hearts of palm, a high-value gourmet delicacy in Brazil. In addition to establishing a long-term relationship with the buyer, participating farmers received training and access to finance to establish palm tree plantations, which will allow the farmers to increase their incomes by 80 percent.

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Blog Posts

May 8, 2012

Partnership Creates New Source of Income for Farmers in Brazil

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.

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October 13, 2011

Finding Value in Waste

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.

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Contact

TechnoServe Brazil

David Williams

Country Director Brazil and Senior Advisor 
dwilliams@tns.org

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