10/23/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/23/2020 13:09
The project focused on increasing adoption of sustainable farming systems and expanding productivity and competitiveness in the small-scale farming sector. Direct key results achieved during the project's implementation period (2010-2018) include:
Bank Group Contribution
The Bank, through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), provided an initial loan in the amount of US$39.5 million and an additional loan for US$100 million to finance the project.
Photo: Rio Rural Program / EMATER
In addition to the IBRD loan, other project financing included US$39.5 million from the government of Rio de Janeiro. The private sector also participated by implementing an economic sustainable system (ESS) that served as a financing mechanism for family farmers, providing US$3.6 million for that purpose.
The experience, capacity, and commitment of the project's implementing agency, State Rural Extension Agency (EMATER), were key factors in the project's success. In addition, the partnerships between the Bank and relevant government entities, including the State Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Supply (SEAPPA),the State Secretariat of Agriculture and Fisheries of the State of Rio de Janeiro (SEAPEC), the Brazilian Agriculture Research Enterprise (EMBRAPA), and the State of Rio de Janeiro Agriculture Research Enterprise (PESAGRO), combined with the commitment of the private sector and local community members, were fundamental to the project's success.
The project benefited 37,172 smallholder farmers and family farmers in the State of Rio de Janeiro. An additional 3,359 smallholder farmers were included in at least one of the five productive value chains, leading them to adopt more productive, sustainable farming systems and increasing the hectares of agricultural land under such systems.
Beneficiary Ayldo da Silva Motta noted that the project allowed her to work as a smallholder farmer in Silva Jardim, her home. 'With the support of Rio Rural, I [am] able to live only with what I produce in my community. Before the program arrived, I had to work as a bricklayer in the city to take care of my family.'
The State of Rio de Janeiro remains committed to supporting local-level capacity building for participatory rural development and environmental management, increasing productivity and competitiveness in the small-scale farming sector, and improving natural resources management, all of which constitute key priorities in the Bank's 2018-2023 Country Partnership Framework for Brazil. Moreover, despite the project's closure, beneficiaries continue to be aware of the benefits it brought to the region and remain committed to implementing the project objectives of fostering the prosperity of the state's rural economy and to making those benefits last into the future.