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Frequently Asked Questions

Why spend time, energy and money on family farms, when Brazil's strength is in agribusiness?
Because both are of fundamental importance to Brazil. Everyone knows the importance of agribusiness, but many people still do not know that family farming is responsible for 70% of the food that reaches Brazilians’ tables. There are 4.3 million productive family units (equivalent to 84% of all the farms in the country), and they employ no less than 74% of the entire rural workforce according to the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA).
Why is there so much talk that the Lula government has revolutionized the sector if the National Program for Strengthening Family Agriculture (Pronaf) has existed since 1996?
It existed, but it was too bureaucratic, the volume was too small and limited to a small group of beneficiaries, almost all of whom were located in the South. Only 20% of Brazilian farmers had access to the old Pronaf. Today, it is represented in 5,300 municipalities. The volume of credit available for the 2002-2003 season, before Lula’s election to the Presidency was only R$ 2.2 billion; it rose year-on-year with Lula and Dilma and keeps growing, with the reaching a record R$ 18.5 billion for the 2012-2013 crop year — an increase of 800%. For the 2013-2014 season R$ 21 billion is budgeted.