Sustainable Land Management in the Semi-Arid Sertao

Project Summary

The grant is fully blended in the IFAD loan entitled, “Sustainable Development Project for Agrarian Reform Settlements in the Semi-Arid North-East (PDHC).” This grant complements GoB’s existing programs, in particular the PDHC. It is envisioned that, by addressing existing land degradation in the small-holder sub-sector of Sertão through an adequate approach to the implementation of sustainable land management, the grant will generate highly significant socioeconomic and environmental benefits at the local, national and global levels. The global objective of the proposed Alternative is to minimise the causes and negative impacts of land degradation on the integrity of the Caatinga biome ecosystem in the North-East of Brazil through the implementation of sustainable land use systems. The development objective is to contribute to an increase in the sustainable development and the quality of life in communities affected by land degradation in the semi-arid North-East of Brazil, through promoting a pilot cross-sectoral approach in support of productive activities and poverty reduction.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
International Fund for Agricultural Development
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agrarian Development
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
300,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,943,000 USD
Co-financing Total
9,201,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
565,000 USD
Total Cost 15,444,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
02 Oct 2003
Preparation Grant Approved
12 Nov 2003
Concept Approved
01 Nov 2004
Project Approved for Implementation
14 Dec 2005
Project closed
30 Sep 2013