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USAID has partnered with the Brazilian people since 1961 on issues such as health, education, food security, sanitation, rights of children and adolescents, human trafficking, energy, and the environment. We continue to work closely with Brazilian government and non-governmental organizations to build solutions and promote sustainable development.

During the 1960s and 1970s, USAID helped Brazil strengthen its national institutions and build their capacity to address complex problems, such as economic instability and social inequality. Under this strategy, USAID supported some of the most important public universities in Brazil, assisted in building transport and electric infrastructure, and helped consolidate the country’s public administration.

One of the most significant institutions that received support from USAID during this period was the Brazilian Agricultural Research Cooperation (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária, EMBRAPA). Created in 1972 to combat a food crisis in Brazil, EMBRAPA received assistance from USAID during its first years of operation to invest in human and physical capital that allowed it to build laboratories and research centers. Today, thanks to EMBRAPA, Brazil is one of the world’s largest agricultural producers.

In the 1980s and 1990s, USAID’s focus changed in Brazil to address international challenges, like climate change, HIV/AIDS, and human trafficking. USAID helped to strengthen a network of civil society organizations to ensure the rights of children and adolescents, and helped to structure a governmental program to combat the illegal sale of human beings. USAID was a major supporter of Brazilian non-governmental organizations work on HIV/AIDS in partnership with the Brazilian government, in what is now considered a model of successful programming to tackle the health epidemic.

Currently, USAID supports initiatives in two areas: environment and strategic partnerships. While we continue to support the development of Brazil, USAID now partners with the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) through trilateral cooperation to share development experiences with other countries to promote sustainable development.

Last updated: June 19, 2014

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