Brazil’s efforts to boost competitiveness in its rural region have won the country’s southern state of Santa Catarina USD90 million in financing from the World Bank.
The project, dubbed Rural Competitiveness Program, aims to provide financial capital, technical support and incentives for technical innovation and increased productivity to small-scale or family producers’ organizations. The World Bank expects the initiative to lead to a 30 percent increase in participating groups’ sales volume.
“Family agriculture in the State is responsible for the food that reaches the tables not only of Santa Catarina residents, but of many other Brazilian states,” said Santa Catarina Governor Leonel Pavan in a press release. “The project approved today [Sept. 2] is an important step toward further strengthening the State’s calling, and helping bind producer families to the land.”
The World Bank loan will also be used to improve public services to enable more sustainable agricultural production, including rehabilitating rural roads, implementing the decentralized management of water and environmental resources, and rendering sanitation, legal and environmental services.