- Rua Pouso Alegre, 21
- Ipiranga, São Paulo
- CEP: 04261-030
- Fone: (11)2065-7022
Created in 2003, the Agribusiness Program provided almost R$ 900 million in credit during the Lula government. Approximately 24,000 agro-industrial businesses received support, benefiting 166,000 families, thanks to larger volumes of credit, encouragement for the organization of associations and cooperatives, modifications in specific legislation, technical training, promotion and dissemination of products and working with the market. Studies show an increase in monthly income by one minimum wage for each beneficiary family.
Canvas tents, abandonment and despair are in the past. With Lula and Dilma, the key words are infrastructure, credit and production. And a fourth word will increasingly be incorporated into the new agrarian reform dictionary: industrialization.
Introduced in 2013 by the Dilma government, the Terra Forte Program makes R$ 300 million in credit available until 2017 for agricultural mechanization projects in settlements. The funds come from the BNDES and Banco do Brasil. The is designed to provide assistance to 200 cooperatives and associations, with an average of R$ 1.5 million per cooperative, benefiting approximately 20,000 families. The Terra Forte Program is a robust complement to Terra Sun Program, launched in 2004, which benefited 190,000 families during the Lula government, through agricultural mechanization and production marketing projects
More than 60% of the milk produced in Brazil comes from Family Farms. This is why the Lula and Dilma governments implemented specific credit, income support, training, technical assistance and rural extension programs for family farms.
Milk producing family farms also can also benefit from direct purchase operations through the Food Purchase Program. At the same time as it encourages production, the PAA contributes to higher household milk consumption for families with food insecurity. Every day, about 700,000 families in 1,200 municipalities in the north of Minas Gerais and the Northeast states, receive milk produced by more than 26,000 farmers.
Revenues in the Family Farming sector through sales of raw material for the producing biofuels increased from R$ 68.5 million in 2006 to over R$ 2 billion in the 2011/2012 crop year. Some 105,000 families are registered with the National Program for Production and Use of Biodiesel (NPPB), able to sell their production of castor bean, palm oil and other oleaginous crops to companies that have been granted the Social Fuel Seal of Approval.
To obtain the seal, which guarantees benefits such as tax reductions, biodiesel manufacturers commit to purchase a minimum percentage of feedstock from family farmers and provide them with training and technical assistance, among other obligations.