Run by the government of Ceará, and supported by the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) since 2013, the Paulo Freire Project is an initiative that seeks to reduce poverty and raise the standard of living of family farmers in 31 municipalities. To monitor and evaluate the actions taken so far, IFAD representatives visited Ceará last week.
According to Hardi Vieira, IFAD’s program officer in Brazil, the mission aims to assess the impacts of the Project started in 2013, with an emphasis on results activities in the 600 assisted communities, based on indicators such as income, nutrition and others.
According to the Secretary of the agrarian development of Ceará, Rodrigo Diniz, the visit of the group is important for the continued good performance of the program. “We want the accreditation of farmers in these 31 municipalities so that with their activities in the field they can access any credit line due to the good quality of their projects,” he explained.
With a priority focus on young people, women and traditional peoples, the program promotes the development of social and human capital in areas with the lowest Human Development Indexes (HDI) in the region, as well as boosting sustainable production and increasing income from agricultural and non-agricultural sources. An area of operation comprises an area of approximately 23,530 km².
In December 2018, representatives of governments and civil society from Senegal, Niger and Burkina Faso went to Ceará to learn about the Paulo Freire program for possible implementation in their countries.
With UN information