BENEFICIARIES

Beneficiary countries

Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile. Other countries from other sub-regional groups that have expressed interest in learning from MERCOSUR experiences such as Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru and the countries that belong to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) would also be considered.

Target population/Target group

The activities in the Program primarily target the families involved in farming in the region and their organizations, who are the current and potential beneficiaries of the differential policies aimed at promoting family farming and the projects implemented by IFAD. Those small farmers (SFs) are represented by their organizations, who, acting in behalf of SFs, establish a fruitful and significant dialog with their governments.
Below is a list of the direct beneficiaries of the Program’s activities:

i) Government officials responsible for investing in development, including those officials in the farming policies sector, policies favoring family farming and food and nutritional safety.
ii) Leaders and members of social representatives of family farming in the region.
iii) Current and potential beneficiaries of the region’s IFAD–funded projects.
iv) Technical and management team in charge of IFAD-sponsored projects.
v) Relevant government officials and representatives of small farmers organizations in the Andean and Central American countries and SADC. 

Definition of family farmers

Through Resolution 25/07, MERCOSUR has defined the criteria that define family farmers, to include men and women dwelling in rural territories, such as small cattle breeders, cultivators with small land holdings, small and very small land-owners, rural workers, settlers, land-less rural producers, native Indian communities. These groups occupy and transform the geographical space — their territory—; they settle on it, defend the environment, culture and traditions; they build a balanced social mesh in harmony with the environment.  They organize a sustainable production system and, above all, they create wealth with social equality.

In MERCOSUR, family farming accounts for 80% of the production derived from farm activities. That includes the breeding of cattle, pigs, goats, poultry, dairy products and honey. Agricultural activities, forestry, growing fruits and vegetables, medicinal plants and crops, fishery, and craftsmanship, inter alia. It is estimated that there are over 5 million farms run by families, and over 27 million family farmers, including men and women.

Beneficiary countries

Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile. Other countries from other sub-regional groups that have expressed interest in learning from MERCOSUR experiences such as Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru and the countries that belong to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) would also be considered.

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