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In the north-east of Brazil, data suggests that six out of ten women have no form of income and rely on government benefits. Young people have also moved away from the semi-arid rural areas because of the lack of work opportunities.

In 2012, the Semia project was established, in partnership with Tearfund, Diaconia and the European Union, to try to create sustainable livelihoods through providing training courses, particularly focusing on women and young people.

The Project

Semia aims to use training and meetings to help promote sustainable livelihoods and market access, develop dialogue between civilians and government organisations, and help women, youth and family farmers gain access to institutional markets. Since 2012, Semia have run several training courses and workshops, such as:

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