Brazil’s Plans to Keep Young Farmers in the Country

    Brazil has 6 million young people, 18-24 years old, working in the countryside. 1.8 million of them are illiterate, and 30% earn less than a fourth of a minimum wage (US$ 24) each month.

    These data come from the Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea). For lack of opportunity, these young people have no alternative except to migrate from the countryside to the cities.


    According to the coordinator of the Ministry of Agrarian Development’s Policies for Youth, Fabiano Kempfer, the federal government created two programs aimed specifically at young people, to combat rural exodus.


    The first is called Social Consortia for Rural Youth, which prepares young people to enter the job market. They receive training for four months in production techniques for beans, rice, corn, manioc flour, and wheat.


    In return, they receive a monthly stipend of US$ 59 (R$ 150) and devote six hours a week to community service in unions or cooperatives, passing along to the local community a little of what they have learned.


    Finally, each must formulate his (her) own production project, in the area in which he (she) wants to work.


    Training, however, is not enough. Investment is also necessary. That is why the second program was created.


    Our First Land is a credit line at lower interest rates. Young people can borrow up to US$ 14,600 (40,000 reais) to buy land and US$ 3.200 (9,000 reais) to prepare the soil.


    “These are programs for country people to establish roots; they are tools and guarantees the government gives farmers who want to remain farmers. They can acquire their own land,” Kempfer explained.


    The Our First Land program is already benefitting 800 young agricultural producers.


    The federal government has earmarked US$ 3.6 million (10 million reais) for the Social Consortia for Rural Youth in 2005.


    Translation: David Silberstein
    Agência Brasil

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (0)

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    Despite Losing the World Cup Brazil Is Still Number One in Soccer

    Despite it bad performance in the recent World Cup in Germany, Brazil continues the ...

    Anti-American graffiti

    Too Early to Write Off the Left in Latin America

    Recent political developments across the region have prompted celebratory proclamations in the mainstream Western ...

    US dollar and Brazilian real

    Weak Dollar Brings Brazil to the Rescue of Industry

    The commercial dollar recovered a little ground today in Brazil after the Brazilian currency, ...

    Documenta poster

    New York Gets to See the Best Documentaries Brazilians Have Ever Shot

    Without a doubt Brazil is one of the most interesting countries in the Americas ...

    Lula

    Now It’s Our Turn to Tell the Gringos What to Do, Says Lula on Economic Crisis

    Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s former president, blasted the US and Europe for ...

    Short story

    Two waiters arrive with trays, ice buckets, bottles. What meal! “I’m completely drunk.”, “Then ...

    Calendar

    To understand Brazil’s rural unionism, we need to distinguish among the movement’s four different ...

    Lula at Sírio Libanês by Marina Sarruf

    A Brazilian Step to Become World Reference in Heart Treatment

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was in São Paulo, this past Friday, ...

    Protesting against rape in Brazil

    Rape and the Basic Unfairness of Brazil’s Society

    In late March, the brutal gang rape of an American tourist in a transit ...