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Active grantees: 24
IAF commitment: $5,551,338
Counterpart value: $6,693,959
Total investment: $12,245,297
Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production, conservation/environment, corporate social investment, cultural expression, education/training, enterprise development, health, inclusion of African descendants, women and young people, legal assistance.

Contact information

David Fleischer, Foundation Representative
Kaitlin Stastny, Program Assistant
Juliana Menucci, Local Liaison

Active Grants


Associação dos Agricultores Agroflorestais de Barra do Turvo e Adrianópolis (COOPERAFLORESTA) provides technical assistance for Quilombola farmers to acquire skills in agroforestry and operates a processing plant that supplies nearby markets with fresh produce, fruit pulp and frozen and dried fruit products. 

Instituto Fazer Acontecer (IFA) (the Make it Happen Institute), promotes the educational benefits of sports through organized activities, leadership trainings and social-impact forums for young people and educators.

Centro de Tecnologias Alternativas Populares (CETAP) promotes the expansion of agroecological farming processing and improves the distribution and marketing of organic products.

Associação de Cooperação Técnica para o Desenvolvimento Humano – Outro Olhar (OUTRO OLHAR) provides technical assistance for young Brazilians to learn leadership skills, develop microenterprises, improve production infrastructure and marketing, record oral history, and preserve the environment.

Centro de Educação Popular (CENEP) works with communities to expand on practices that effectively apply medicinal plants to healthcare and conservation efforts. 

Alternativas para Pequena Agricultura no Tocantins (APA-TO) develops and applies new technologies that allow communities to generate income and food supply through agroforestry, water conservation and honey production and to address environmental degradation.

Cooperativa de Trabalho, Prestação de Serviços, Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural (COOPTER) works to establish cooperation agreements to facilitate lake fishing, develop resource management plans pirarucu (arapaima gigas) stocks and improve processing methods and income-generation opportunities.

Centro de Capacitação Zumbi dos Palmares (CCZP) supports subsistence honey production, processing and marketing as a viable source of financial independence for families. 

Cooperativa de Produtores Orgânicos e Biodinâmicos da Chapada Diamantina (Cooperbio) works with member-farmers to improve production, processing and marketing methods and increase crop diversity with local fruit trees.

Centro de Agricultura Alternativa do Norte de Minas (CAANM) provides farmers with technical assistance to improve agroecological practices, to identify new markets and to develop a participatory certification system for organic products.

Associação para Desenvolvimento Local Co-produzido (ADELCO) provides technical assistance to communities in the state of Ceará to develop cultural tourism as a revenue stream and to improve sanitation, infrastructure and community health.

Comunidade Organizada para Preservação e Recuperação do Meio Ambiente (COPEMA) develops a network of community gardens on uncultivated public- and privately owned land that supports community nutrition and health and generates income for unemployed women.

Comissão Pastoral da Terra do Rio Grande do Norte (CPT-RN) collaborates with community associations to introduce low-cost farming infrastructure for areas with limited water resources. 

Centro de Educação e Organização Popular (CEOP) works with farmers of rural communities -- especially women and young people -- to diversify crop production and develop sustainable agroecological techniques to manage their plots and improve soil fertility.

Associação dos Moradores, Agricultores e Apicultores da Lapinha (Amalapinha) works to market community tourism and develop agroforestry systems that increase income and environmental conservation efforts.

Associação dos Maricultores da Ilha Rasa (AMAIR) works with local fishers to develop oyster cultivation and replenishment areas, to provide technical assistance in processing and marketing native oysters, and to promote the sustainable management of estuarine resources.

Serra Acima – Associação de Cultura e Educação Ambiental (SerrAcima) provides technical assistance to rural women and young people to implement agroecological practices, to sell excess produce to local markets and school lunch programs, and to expand their markets to nearby tourist destinations.

Forum para o Desenvolvimento da Zona Leste (FDZL) provides technical assistance to develop skills in business management and marketing and promotes the inclusion of a network of recycling cooperatives in an online business platform. 

Associação das Bordadeiras de Nazária (ASBON) provides technical assistance for women in Piauí to develop vocational skills and promotes increased capacity in business management, marketing and gender equality in labor relations.

Associação Quilombola Do Povoado Patioba (AQUIPP) provides a series of workshops for young people to strengthen their Afro-Brazilian cultural identity and develop leadership and employable skills.

 Associação Rede Rio São Bartolomeu de Mútua Cooperação (Rede Bartô) works with young people in rural community associations in the Federal District to improve the production, processing and marketing of vegetables, fruits and small animals and to contribute to the conservation of natural resources. 

Associação Comunitária do Sítio Lagoa da Coroa (ACSLC-AL) supports women’s participation and provides them with technical assistance to develop new skills in fruit dehydration.

Associação Movimento Mecenas da Vida (MMV) works with small farmers to organize a participatory organic agricultural certification, establish new markets, and conserve natural resources.

Caritas Brasileira Regional do Maranhão (CBMA) works to strengthen a grassroots network that connects rural and urban agricultural producers to create new markets for traditional crops. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to expand economic opportunity in Brazil.