World Bank to support 47,000 farmers in Rio de Janeiro
Around 47,000 farmers based in 72 municipalities in the state of Rio de Janeiro will benefit from a $100 million financing to the Rio de Janeiro Sustainable Rural Development Project.
The loan, approved today by the World Bank Board of Directors, focuses on the North, Northwest and Serrana regions and will promote the integration and sustainable development of rural communities in the state. The funds will enable the expansion of the Rural Rio Program, aimed at promoting sustainable rural development, reaching 1.6 million hectares, or 36 percent of our state, said Sergio Cabral Filho, governor of Rio de Janeiro State. Family agriculture, typical of Rio de Janeiro, employs more than 400,000 people. Therefore it is very important that the activity counts on what is most modern in terms of sustainability. With an area of 43,864 square kilometers, Rio de Janeiro State has 60 percent of its land used for agricultural purposes. Agro-industrial activities represent 25 percent of the state’s gross domestic product. When it comes to the North, Northwest and Serrana regions.