Inclusive rural transformation is a central pillar to eliminate poverty in Brazil, says IFAD report

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Inclusive rural transformation is a central pillar to eliminate poverty in Brazil, says IFAD report

You are cordially invited to attend the Seminar on Sustainable and Inclusive Rural Transformation

Jointly organised by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ministry of Planning, Development and Management of Brazil

Who: His Excellency Dyogo Oliveira, Minister of Planning, Development and Management, Brazil; Jorge Arbache, Secretary of International Affairs, Ministry of Planning, Development and Management, Brazil

Where: Ministry of Planning, Development and Management, Esplanada dos Ministérios, s/n, bloco K, CEP: 70040-907, Brasilia

When: Tuesday, 25 July, 14:00 – 17:30

What: The Rural Development Report 2016 (RDR2016), IFAD’s flagship publication, is a rallying call for policymakers and development practitioners to win the global war against poverty. The report stresses that inclusive rural transformation is a central pillar of global efforts to eliminate poverty and hunger, and to build inclusive and sustainable societies for all.

The report finds that economic growth is not enough to eliminate poverty. Governments need to tailor policies and investments to develop rural areas and bring poor, often marginalised, rural people into the economic mainstream.

The objective of the seminar is to share knowledge and discuss wider issues related to sustainable and inclusive rural transformation in Brazil, learning from experience and highlighting the challenges ahead. It also constitutes an opportunity to highlight topics that can be further discussed at the planned international conference on south-south and triangular cooperation, being organised by IFAD and Brazil in end November 2017 in Brasilia.

Brazil’s significant progress in poverty reduction over the past 20 years has been widely recognized. The poverty ratio dropped from 35.8 per cent in 1993 to 24.5 per cent in 2002 and, over the next decade, it decreased further to 9 per cent in 2013. Notwithstanding such a remarkable achievement, this ratio represented 18 million people still living in poverty in 2013, 9.7 million of which were extremely poor, i.e. living on less than US$1.90/day. Poverty, therefore, is still highly relevant and remains rooted in rural areas where small farmers, agrarian reform settlers, indigenous peoples, youth, women and quilombolas (afro descendants) face serious challenges in terms of social, economic and civil inclusion.

Over the last decades, the Government of Brazil has undertaken several measures to boost rural transformation and reduce rural poverty, both under the Fome Zero (Zero Hunger), launched in 2002 and the 2011 Brasil Sem Miséria (Brazil without Poverty) programmes in addition to conditional cash-transfer welfare programmes such as Bolsa Escola, launched in 2001 at the Federal level, and Bolsa Família. There are many success stories that demonstrate how the country has overcome long-standing challenges, even as new ones emerge.

Rui Benfica, Lead Economist; Research and Impact Assessment Division, IFAD, will present the key findings of the report, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Francisco Reifschneider, Senior Researcher, EMBRAPA.

The panellists:

  • Niky Fabianic, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Brazil
  • Arilson Favareto, Professor of Economics, Federal University of Sao Paulo
  • Rosangela Ferreira Moura, Steering Committee member and Secretary for State Relations on Working Women, Federation of Smallholder Farmers and Agriculture Workers of the State of Ceara, Brazil
  • Jose Ricardo Ramos Roseno, Special Secretary for Family Farming and Agrarian Development, Casa Civil, Brazil
  • Paolo Silveri, Country Programme Manager for Brazil, IFAD
  • Jeronimo Sousa, State Secretary of Rural Development, State of Brazil

Closing remarks: 

  • Alexandre Peña Ghisleni,  Director of the Department of Human Rights and Social Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil
  • Joaquín Lozano, Director, Latin America and the Caribbean Division, IFAD

The Rural Development Report can be downloaded here.

Media Accreditation: Please send your contact details and media outlet to by 22 July 2017.

Salvador Santiesteban
Tel: +39 06 5459 2736

Media Invite No.: 11/2017
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