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									     Social Venture Partnership to Disseminate Climate Resilient Technologies in the
                 Semi-Arid Region of Brazil: Project Proposal Fact Sheet
Summary:                                                      Main organizations involved:
This project is the result of a vibrant collaborative         1. REDEH – Network for human Development, Rio
partnership that gathered multilevel and multi-sectorial          de Janeiro (
partners to develop an agricultural production model for      2. Centro Clima, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
the semi-arid region of Brazil that is resilient to climate       (
change and that could be replicated also in other regions     3. Municipality of Pintadas, state of Bahia
of the world. The project was first implemented in one            (
municipality (Pintadas, BA) through the SouthSouthNorth       4. Federal Environment Agency of Germany
Collaborative and now aims to expand to other                     (
municipalities through the creation of a Clearing House       5. SEED Initiative (
Mechanism. The CHM will identify, develop and                 6. Secretary of Science and Technology, State of
implement best agricultural practices that serve as a             Bahia (
climate change adaptation strategy for the region.            7. Technology partners
Duration and Budgets:
                     Amount requested                         Co-funding already available (as % of total -- estimation)   Contact Details:
       (start-up of CHM and test in 3 municipalities)                                                                      1. Thais Corral
 Description        Year 1 (€)   Year 2 (€)    Year 3 (€)      Description         Year 1      Year 2        Year 3        Director of Partnerships
                                                                                                                           Tel: +55.21-81112108
 Personnel           80000        110000         80000         Personnel            93%          10%           0%          Tel: +55.21-22621704
 expenses                                                      expenses
 Transportation      40000        30000          30000         Transportation       45%          0%            0%
 and travel                                                    and travel
 Commissioned        40000        60000          60000         Commissioned         25%          0%            0%
 work                                                          work                                                        2. Daniele Cesano
 Supplies and       125000        70000          40000         Supplies and         0%           0%            0%          Director of Technology
 equipments                                                    equipments                                                  Development
 Meetings            45000        40000          30000         Meetings             30%          83%           0%          Tel: +55.21-86589828
 Other               50000        50000          50000         Other                80%          40%           0%          Tel: +55.21-22621704
 expenses                                                      expenses                                                    E-mail: daniele.
 Total              380,000      360,000        290,000        Total                51%          18%           0%

To adapt rural communities of the semi-arid region of Brazil to climate change by:
1. Promoting food security. The project aims to secure food to several families by disseminating small scale
irrigation systems through micro-finance;
2. Eco-system restoration. The project helps restoring ecosystems by decreasing pasture land and producing high
value products such as juices and jelly from native plants
3. Sustainable livelihood. The project aims to develop a sustainable and replicable model to improve the livelihood
of areas where agriculture and pasture is the main economic activity.
Key drivers: Technological Innovations, Partnerships and Process-Oriented Approach
The project uses several technological innovations in a process-oriented approach that is based on:
a) the creation of public-private partnerships; and
b) the development of local capacity.
Outcome: Replicable Model
Development of a replicable model that promotes rural development in areas that are affected by climate change.
Technological innovations; leadership development; process-oriented approach; partnership creation; learning by
doing; sustainability.

The past (2006-2008)                                                             The present (2008-2010)
The project was first developed in the municipality of Pintadas, Bahia, and      The project is today in its most challenging stage: the scaling up.
was conceived as a pilot project of the SouthSouthNorth (SSN)                    Despite the initial piloting phase has shown that the
Collaborative to show that it is possible to improve the agricultural yield of   technological systems are financially feasible and sustainable, it
local crops grown in the semi-arid region of northeaster Brazil if small         is still necessary to refine the technology, develop capacity,
farmers (women and man) have access to a complete toolkit consisting of          provide technical assistance and create a solid platform to
efficient irrigation systems, water pumping technologies, fertilizers and        ensure self-replication. This can be achieved only by creating
adequate technical assistance for local community empowerment. Moreover,         solid partnerships between different organizations: research
as droughts are likely to increase in intensity due to climate change, the       centers, government entities, civil society and the private sector.
project aimed to shown also how small farmers living in dry areas could
possibly adapt to climate change impacts.                                        In 2008, Pintadas Solar was one of the 5 projects that was
                                                                                 selected from close to 400 applications from over 100 countries
Between 2006 and 2008, seven (7) pilot projects have been                        worldwide to win the SEED Award ( The
implemented using different technologies (drip irrigation, organoponia, solar    SEED Initiative is a “global network for action on sustainable
water pumping, and diesel pumping) through funding provided by Cariplo           development partnerships, founded by IUCN, UNDP and UNEP,
Foundation (Italy) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands that   to deliver concrete progress towards the internationally-agreed,
sponsored SSN Initial results showed a payback of 1,5 to 6 years. This initial   aspirational goals in the UN’s Millennium Declaration and the
stage has also tested the way in which a much larger municipal or regional       commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable
program could eventually unfold. Pilot partnerships between the project          Development in Johannesburg in 2002". The Pintadas Solar
developers, local farmers, the local municipality, technological providers,      project will work together with the SEED Initiative to address the
local organizations, universities and state agencies have shown to be the        key points that will make the scaling up more sustainable and
way forward to scale up the project and outreach several farmers through         feasible. Funding for this phase is provided by UBA (Federal
innovations that are truly sustainable. The project was developed with the       Environmental Agency of Germany). It was also identified as one
Association of Women of Pintadas.                                                do the 2008 Best Practices of UN Habitat.
     Social Venture Partnership to Disseminate Climate Resilient Technologies in the
                 Semi-Arid Region of Brazil: Project Proposal Fact Sheet

The future (2010-onwards)                                                          Main outcome:
                                                                                   •   Development of a collaborative partnership between
The future of the project is dependent on the result of the current on-going           international      organizations,    micro-credit   programs,
phase. Ideally, the project shall take three parallel developments:                    technology providers, NGOs, research centres and local,
                                                                                       regional and national public institutions.
1. Development of a Clearing House Mechanism (CHM) in partnership                  • Development of a Clearing House Mechanism to provide
with different organizations to identify and develop best agricultural                 information to farmers as well as to policy makers and
practices for climate change adaptation. The CHM will be a partnership                 research institutions on climate change adaptation strategies
between key Brazilian and international institutions and public and private            that are adequate for the Brazilian semi-arid
organizations. Its objective is to establish a replication mechanism for best
                                                                                   • Identification and testing of best agricultural practices that
technological practices and an information platform oriented to different
                                                                                       are resilient to local climatic changes and systematization of
target groups that work with climate change adaptation in the semi-arid
                                                                                       the experience in training modules
region of Brazil. It will build capacity among local farmers on best adaptation
practices to climate change, implement adaptation projects and provide             • Creation of specific courses for different target groups
information to research institutions and policy makers to design and                   related to the key issues that have been identified during the
implement an adaptation strategy for the region. This experience aims to               identification and systematization process
serve as a reference model also for other semi-arid regions of the world.          • Creation and articulation of local project teams that will
                                                                                       provide presencial support complementary to the CHM
2. Launching a regional program to adapt local communities to climate                  whenever this is needed. These teams will help the
change impacts. Through the CHM activities, the venture will be able to                implementation of the best practices in several communities
show to government agencies and international institutions the costs and the       • Providing technical support to groups of farmers in the
benefits of supporting an agricultural productive system based on closed-              design and implementation of climate resiliant projects
loop systems and the integration of water efficient irrigation, ecosystem          • Mobilization of federal and state government institutions to
restoration and clean energy technologies. Such productive system will be              build capacity in the region on the best practices that have
disseminated through a public-private partnership between technological                been identified and implemented
providers, micro-credit institutions, international organizations and              • Development of an information platform to promote access
local/regional public institutions.                                                    to relevant data and information for assessing regional and
                                                                                       local climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation
3. Development of an agricultural system that integrates food and                      options
energy production while promoting local economic development. The                  • Development of specific systems in partnership
achievement of the two points mentioned above will promote a new                       with local, national and international institutions to
development paradigm based on the concepts of “self-sufficiency”, “local               disseminate some of the technology-based initiatives
economic growth” and “closed-loop agricultural systems”. Depending on the
result of any of these three activities, the project could be replicated also in
                                                                                   • Creation of a permanent learning environment with a shared
                                                                                       vision and commitment of all partners involved
other areas of Brazil, Latin America or of the world.

During the first phase (2006-2008), the project managed to identify two technologies that serve the needs of local farmers: drip irrigation and
organoponia. Since 1960’s, the Brazilian government and international institutions have constructed a large number of artificial surface water
reservoirs (barreiros) in the region to increase water supply. Although many of these barreiros could be used for small scale irrigation systems of
up to 10 hectares, just a minority (2%) of them is utilized today for this purpose because farmers do not have access to modern irrigation
technologies. The project has trained local farmers in the design and implementation of such systems. The payback is in the order of 1,5 to 6
years depending on the type of pumping that is used.

•   Drip irrigation system, 1 Ha: 4500 $ (irrigation equipment: 3000 $; conventional water pump: 1500 $). Income: 700-3000 $/month
    Drip irrigation, kit of 500 m : 1250 $ (irrigation equipments: 350 $; PV solar pump: 900 $). Income: 40-300 $/month.
    Organoponic system, 75 m : about 3500 $. Production: 900 units of lettuce per month. Income: 150-300 $/month.

Figure 1. Drip irrigation and organoponic system in Pintadas, Bahia, where the project was initially implemented.

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