Case Study


Latin America and the Caribbean






Climate change



The Sun is no longer a villain in the Paraiban semi-arid region.

Good practices in the use of Non-Conventional Renewable Energies

This publication systematises the experience of the Sustainable Development Project of Cariri, Seridó and Curimataú – PROCASE, supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development – IFAD, in the solar energy agreements signed with associations and cooperatives in the semi-arid region of Paraiba, boosting and strengthening the production chains of goat farming, handicrafts, fruit growing, etc.
The implementation of solar energy in the processing units supported by PROCASE is a strategic part of the productive actions, strengthening commercialisation for public procurement programmes for family farming food in order to generate assets and strengthen associativism.
It is a collaborative initiative between the PROCASUR Corporation and IFAD for the dissemination of good practices in renewable energies promoted by PROCASE among partners. This publication is imbued with careful historiography highlighting the challenges of drought in the Northeast region and the potential generated by climatic conditions, especially in the semi-arid region and the Caatinga biome, as well as important stories and a vibrant protagonism, especially of women and youth involved in production in these enterprises. The photographic records made especially for this publication attest to the high quality of the professionals involved in the conception, organisation and publication of this systematisation that enters into the history of good practices of IFAD, PROCASE and PROCASUR.


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