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Mobilizing Civil Society to Monitor/Reform Trade Policy in Brazil

ActionAid Brasil

www.actionaid.org.br

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Reform of International Finance and Trade
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period September 1, 2005–August 31, 2007
  • Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Geographic Focus Brazil

About this grant

In recent years, international trade policies implemented in Brazil have greatly increased the number of exports, which exacerbate environmentally destructive land-use practices, particularly in the agriculture sector. As a result, poor communities dependent on small-scale agriculture and nontimber forest products have been negatively affected by these changes. ActionAid Brasil works to reform trade policies that negatively impact the environment and sustainable rural development in Brazil. Multiyear funding will enable ActionAid Brasil to provide institutional support to the coordination of Rebrip, a national network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), grassroots organizations and rural community groups; strengthen the network’s thematic working groups; monitor and participate in relevant trade negotiations and related events; research the impacts of trade rules on natural resources; and build the capacity of NGOs to understand the impacts of trade agreements on the environment.Recent accomplishments included participating in multiple working groups; helping Brazilian organizations to effectively represent citizens’ views with regard to trade negotiations; and strengthening the Rebrip network by providing leadership for working groups focusing on environment and agriculture.