In 2014, Humana Povo Para Povo em Brasil (HPP-Brazil) began the Farmers’ Clubs Program with five projects located in Cansanção, Quijingue, Monte Santo, Tucano, and Itiúba. Farmers’ Clubs mobilizes small-scale farmers to work together to diversify crops, increase crop yields, and implement soil and water conservation methods. The Program also organizes farmers into support groups, which are then trained in sustainable farming methods. This training results in increased productivity, income, and food security for farmers and their families.
Two new projects were added in 2015, one in Filadélfia and one in Queimadas, and an additional four were added in 2016. Farmers' Clubs currently operates a total of nine projects in Brazil, which are located in Cansanção, Quijingue, Tucano, Filadélfia, Queimadas, Recôncavo, Velho Chico, and Costa do Descobrimento. Planet Aid supported six of these project locations in 2017.
Activities in 2017 were focused on animal rearing and vegetable gardens, which provide income for farmers to earn money for investing in their property. In 2017, the project reached over 5,000 farmers through meetings, training events, fairs, municipal events, and personal visits. Read more about Farmer's Clubs.
Similar to the Farmers’ Club, the Fishers’ Clubs in Bahia Pesca, Brazil, seek to improve the sustainable management of natural resources and empower local fishermen and women to diversify their diets, increase their food security, productively market their product, and be a part of social decisions and organization.
This project, supported by Planet Aid in 2017, served 1,250 fishing families and saw a reduction of poverty and an increase in the participants’ belief in their own capacity. More citizens are actively participating in their communities to further progress on the key issues of health, food production, education, and social welfare. The fishermen and women in the project connected with another 2,250 fishing families in the area to share their knowledge. The Fishers’ Clubs in Brazil are also supporting women’s empowerment. Two-thirds of the participants in the clubs are women, with many taking on leadership roles within the clubs.
With the support of Planet Aid and its donors, HPP Brazil launched its first Child Aid project in Cansanção, in the State of Bahia, in 2007. From 2007 to 2013, the Child Aid program built capacity based on the needs of each community, ranging from improving the family economy to providing aid for orphans and vulnerable children.
The project was relaunched in February 2016 to cover Cansanção, Tucano, and Quijingue. It works with poor rural families helping to create a better future for their children.
Through Child Aid, HPP-Brazil reached 1,500 people in Tucano (the project supported by Planet Aid in 2017) through activities, such as marches, parades, cultural activities, and festivals. In addition, more than 1,500 people were reached by various health campaigns.