Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured
The first result is institutional: the consolidation of ADEL as a local economic development agency within the Curu Valley, trained and managed 100% by the region's youth. ADEL has won major awards, showing recognition of its work at a national level: second place for the Rosani Cunha award (Ministry of Social Development), Honorable Mention for the Celso Furtado Award (Ministry of Regional Integration), Ozires Silva Award (Getulio Vargas) and the Social Entrepreneur of the Future Award (Folha de Sao Paulo and the Schwab Foundation), won by Wagner Gomes - Executive Director of ADEL. The organization also already has partnerships with Souza Cruz, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Northeastern Bank of Brazil (BNB) - institutions with high standards of management that demonstrate the competence and credibility of ADEL in Brazil today. These accomplishments should be highlighted as results because ADEL is managed exclusively by young people, who came from rural communities and who, during the project’s early phases, were regarded with suspicion.
ADEL also gained the trust of small farmers throughout the region, which was another challenge to overcome. Young people today can count on partnership with and credibility from local farmers.
ADEL has served more than 600 farmers in about 100 rural communities in the municipalities of Pentecoste, Apuiarés, Tejuçuoca, General Sampaio and Umirim-municipalities in the Middle Curu micro-region. Another 80 youth have already been trained in rural entrepreneurship, cooperativism, agorecology and modern production techniques in the areas of goat and sheep farming and beekeeping. These 80 young people have been assisting their communities so they can be included in strategic roles of local productive activities, mainly related to product enhancement/processing and commercialization stages. Young people are also taking an increasing role in decision-making processes of local governance - in associations, cooperatives and regional forums, which indicates a rejuvenation of these spaces.
ADEL has organized the establishment of rural community enterprises in cooperative structures (even if informal) in all communities in which it has worked. Some have grown quickly: such as the goat and sheep farming businesses of Pentecoste and Apuiarés (which already has a cooperative of small producers, created in partnership with ADEL) and the beekeepers group in Apuiarés. In this way, ADEL has also contributed to the reorganization of the productive sectors of family farming in the area, facilitating more robust and active networks, especially in the area of direct commercialization. On this point, ADEL has more results to highlight: specifically the integration of more than 80% of farmers supported through ADEL programs with the Federal Government’s direct commercialization programs- Food Purchase Program (Ministry of Social Development) and Direct Purchase Program (Ministry of Agricultural Development). ADEL also organizes fairs and local product promotion and commercialization events across the region -such as participation in TejuBode (a large traditional festival held in the city of Tejuçuoca).
Another important result is the diversification of production in rural communities - in particular the family farm, which is required for economic development in the region. Diversification of production refers to both the variety of products from the same production chain (refinement and processing) as well as from different production chains (the opening of new lines of cultivation /production).The first is critical to increasing the profitability of local farmers - to the extent that they are able to refine/process primary goods, aggregate value and commercialize their products as a group for much higher prices than when primary products were sold to middlemen. The second is also critical - producers who previously worked only with goats and sheep, today already work with beekeeping and horticulture in the agro-ecosystem. Even more interesting is that young people have created space within this diversification for their own socioproductive inclusion - one example of this is the creation of a group of young beekeepers in the Apuiarés municipality.
In general terms, the following tangible results can be highlighted:
(1) the expansion of productive infrastructure in the area - construction of 01 Lamb Slaughtering Center; Acquisition of 06 shredders and 05 balers; installation of an animal feeding complex with a complete irrigation system; construction of an agribusiness for processing honey; installation of an agribusiness for goat and sheep feed processing; reopening of an agribusiness for processing goat and sheep meat;
(2) the training of over 600 family farmers in techniques to increase efficiency and quality of the production process, certify their products, manage cooperative associations, participate in governance and the formulation of public policy and commercialization;
(3) the strengthening of 23 associations of small family farmers in the region’s communities;
(4) the creation of a regional cooperative, bringing together local rural small farmers and the municipality of Pentecoste and
(5) the creation and strengthening of 04 regional forums for small rural farmers, with the participation of around 240 farmers from 32 associations (all plans, programs and projects are approved at these events prior to their implementation, including through bodies such as the Northeastern Bank of Brazil (BNB) and the State Government).
Indicators of social impact are designed to be verified in a larger evaluation process which includes:
(1) Productivity of farms in the communities served;
(2) Profitability of rural establishments in the area;
(3) Value-added to the productive chains supported;
(4) Median household income for family farmers in the area;
(5) Public policies and social investments influenced from participatory decision-making processes at local level;
(6) Participation of farmers, youth and women in areas of collective decision-making- forums, associations and cooperatives.
(7) Proportion of small producers cooperatives and
(8) Proportion of gross production in the territory sold directly;
(9) Proportion of the total gross production refined/ processed by family farmers themselves.
The calculation of the number of people impacted by the project considers the families of farmers. The estimated number of people impacted under this methodology is 2,200 people.