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Strategic territorial studies to strengthen the trajectory of Brazilian family farming

(2014-2015) Developed in partnership with  AgroIcone, at the request of the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA), via the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the main objective of the study was to highlight advances in the knowledge of family farming, especially with regard to the determination of its income, seeking to to isolate the influence of agricultural production from other sources of income, as well as to understand its relationship with the socioeconomic conditions of family farmers (AFs), production systems and the characteristics of the surroundings. The research consisted of collecting primary data, totaling more than 600 semi-structured interviews with farmers from all regions of the country, covering several production chains (milk, corn, cassava, coffee, beans, soybeans, rice, wheat, poultry, swine, cattle cutting, among others). 


The survey also evaluated Pronaf Mais Alimentos, one of the most relevant public policies aimed at family farming implemented in recent years. Two approaches were adopted for this evaluation: a quantitative one, carried out through modeling, based on secondary data (agricultural GDP, per capita GDP and production value, for all Brazilian municipalities with significant participation of family agriculture) and primary (for a selected sample of 319 family farmers); and a qualitative one, based on primary data (a sub-sample of 10 municipalities and more than 300 interviews), seeking to capture the perception of several actors - borrowing farmers, financial agents, ATER institutions and companies that sell products registered in the program. - on the impact of Pronaf Mais Alimentos on aspects such as production, productivity, income, production diversification and quality of life in the AF.


Related Link: Expanded Summary: More Food

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