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Technical Assistance


The re-emergence of technical assistance

The extinction of the Brazilian Company for Technical Assistance and Rural Extension (Embrater) in 1990, was harmful to Brazil’s agricultural production and abandoned the rural poor. Ater’s services were then made the exclusive responsibility of state governments, without national coordination. It was a decade of neglect. That is, up until the Lula government launched the National Policy for Technical Assistance and Rural Extension (Pnater) in 2003. State institutions were retooled, new technicians hired and organizations began to stitch together networks, ensuring better coverage of services in the country

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Specific programs that benefit women, quilombolas and indigenous peoples

Quality technical assistance for all Brazilians — and also, specifically, Brazilian women, through actions aimed at rural women. Besides the Ater Thematic Network for Women, the Lula government implemented unambiguous services for Indigenous and quilombolas, based on these peoples’ historical and cultural experiences. For their part, since 2004, agrarian reform settlers have been able to count on the Technical, Social and Environmental Assistance (ATES) program. The goal is to turn the settlements into structured family production units, with guaranteed food security, focused on sustainable development and solidarity.Women farmers have had an important presence in the family agriculture discussions, such as the 2nd Rural Sustainable and Solidarity Development Conference in Brasilia Photo: Albino Oliveira/MDA