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Empowering local production through inputs donation, trainings and technical support in Tapajós region

Micro-Farming / Brazil

One of the most beautiful areas of the Brazilian Amazon, the Tapajós River region is inhabited by indigenous people and those who migrated in the end of the 60's, attracted by gold mining and the creation of rural settlements. Today, local communities mainly live off their farming production and, to a lesser extent, subsistence fishing. The region has low level of economic development and is among the poorest in Brazil. Communities lack basic health and sanitation infrastructure as well as financial resources to revamp their production.

our Impact









trainings and workshops



different agricultural systems supported

Our work

The project supports 34 families, involving a total of 164 people from 2 rural communities of Santarenzinho and São Raimundo Nonato. Technical assistance and training in administration and finance have been provided to create the conditions for self-reliance, and development plans covering production and selling were defined and implemented. A “Management Group” designed to be the main governance body for the project has been set up and involves 16 local organizations alongside government institutions and civil organizations, thus ensuring that the local population takes ownership of the project. Besides, the project aims at controlling production processes enabling the producers to get required certification and access to institutional markets.

Key Impacts

34 families have already benefited from training on financial management and entrepreneurship as well as received assistance to improve their agricultural systems. This is expected to result in increased productivity and a better quality product, all allowing to charge higher selling price for their production and access new markets. In the next phase (March 2019 - February 2020), 25 additional families will join the project.

About our partner

Created in 2018, Instituto Louis Dreyfus (ILD) is supporting the projects of the Louis Dreyfus Foundation in Brazil. Through the implementation of micro-farming and education projects, the ILD helps improve food security of vulnerable rural communities in Brazil using sustainable agricultural practices.

The Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) is a Brazilian NGO fostering sustainable development of the Amazon. Its mission is to promote science, education and innovation for an environmentally sound, economically prosperous and socially just Amazon.

The project is also supported by other organisations and institutions, including Serviço Brasileiro de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas (SEBRAE), Secretaria Municipal de Meio Ambiente de Rurópolis (SEMMA), Empresa de Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural do Estado do Pará (EMATER-PA), Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Rural (SENAR). 

Project duration


I was producing flour here for more than 30 years, in a house with a thatched roof and with insects falling down into the oven. Today, thanks to the project, I have a new flour house of another standard. The overall production process is improved and from now on, it will be easier for me to comply with the sanitary regulations.

Lourival Soares da Silva community of São Raimundo Nonato