By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s government announced on Monday (June 22nd) it would make available R$28.9 billion (over US$9.3 billion) for the 2015/2016 Family Farming Harvest Plan. The volume of resources is twenty percent greater than that made available in the 2014/2015 harvest season. The announcement is part of a ‘positive agenda’ by which the government hopes to salvage its dwindling popularity.

“We have expanded credit to family farms so that they may continue to grow and strengthen, guaranteeing food security for our population,” said President Dilma . . .

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