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ID: 86530
Country: Brazil
Title: Brazil - Rural Microenterprise Promotion Programme (FO4LA) - November 2023
Description: Francisca Fernandes 35 years old, works in the manufacture process of cashews pulp at the settlement Mulunguzinho, municipality of Mossoro, Rio Grande do Norte state, northeastern Brazil.

The community is organized into a group who produces fruit pulp in a factory that has received IFAD’s support thanks to the Farmers Organizations for Latin America project (FO4LA), who sells its products to restaurants, hospitals and schools.

“For us to be able to sell our pulp without any interference from the law, by having an organic certification, women, our children, our families, everyone was trained to work in a pulp factory because at home you know you have all the hygiene, but in a unit it's not like that, you have to be very careful, because it is a company, like it or not, it is small, but it is a company”, said Ivoneide Alves, the factory group leader, regarding the involvement the families have achieved to cultivate for this business to grow.

FO4LA is a project implemented for the first time in Latin America to increase income and to improve livelihood, food and nutrition security and safety of family farmers, who are affiliated to targeted Farmers Organizations within the region. With financial support of the European Union (EU) IFAD acts as technical and administrative managing entity.

FO4LA has covered Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru, together with 15 agricultural organizations participating in value chains such as coffee, quinoa, cocoa and sugar cane, among others.

The project has been especially relevant when the problems historically suffered by small farmer organizations in the region (insecure land tenure, lack of mechanization, ecosystem degradation, price volatility, limited access to quality inputs and support services weak) have been aggravated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This initiative in the region is aligned with the objectives of the European Union, aimed at promoting and supporting the creation of peasant organizations, as well as improving the productivity of family farms and developing agricultural markets and value chains in partner countries.
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