Programa de Fomento de la Producción de Alimentos por la Agricultura Familiar

About the program

Program for Food Production Development and Family Farming, of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, is a framework program in which institutional services are organized: Technical assistance in organization, production, commercialization; rural education and; incentive transference. Through this Program, it is intended to improve the availability and access to quality food, in quantity and with safety in farms; this is accomplished by increasing productivity, sustainable and diversified production, commercialization and strengthening human and social capital.

Country Paraguay
Home 2010
End 2020
Classification Technical Assistance, Capital físico predial, Compras públicas, Development of production chains, Insumos productivos
FNS Dimension Disponibilidad

Higher purpose

Member families form Family Farming (FF) improve their quality of life, increase the production of safe and quality food, contributing to nutrition, food security and food sovereignty and enable the improvement of the local economy and reduce rural poverty.

General objective

As a result of the implementation of the program, food quality, access and availability has improved, as well as its quantity and food safety on the farm; this is accomplished by increasing productivity, sustainable and diversified production, commercialization and, simultaneously, strengthening human capital and social capital.

Specific objectives

Upon completion of the execution of the programs components, the following will be accomplished:

  • Contributed to the development and strengthening of the organizational capacity of the people involved in order for them to participate and be protagonists in the planning, management and social control within their respective territorial contexts.
  • Accomplish the permanent availability of their own seeds (seed consumption, green manure, small animals, etc.), the ability to self-supply and correct use by the producers of Family Farming and communities of native peoples.
  • Strength the peoples capacity involved in implementing appropriate technologies that help bring about positive changes in production systems (recovery, management and soil conservation), crop management, post-harvest, processing and preservation of food.
  • Consolidate the population’s capacity involved in implementing strategies for business integration, enabling them to competitively participate in the market.

Expand the coverage of institutional services in order to reach 130,000 families (producers), which represent approximately 53% of farms related to Family Farming.

Components and/or products

Intervention Strategies

The program has a differentiated approach which considers the diversity of needs and demands of the target population, emphasizing those priority areas (settlements, colonies, indigenous peoples, etc.) where the demands of the population are generated, they are able to formulate their own proposals through community participation in order to promote the coordination of actions of local governments, central, and non-governmental organizations, cooperatives, etc.

  • Strategy 1: Production for consumption

In this line of intervention, the program is primarily concerned with rural households’ food production deficit that exists in settlements, indigenous communities, or families who live in extreme poverty. The main focus of the intervention line is food production in a first stage, for family consumption.

For this effect, emphasis is given to the Development of Social and Human Capital, in providing targeted institutional services and differentiated with a view to improving the capabilities of people, women, young men that are able to analyze their strengths and weaknesses, as well as active participation and building trust among community stakeholders as a basic premise to exercise full citizenship.

These aspects are the basis for producers and family producers to incorporate technologies aimed at improving the productive base by applying conservation practices for the management, conservation and recovery of soils, in order to increase crop productivity; production and technical assistance for food production, improve nutritional quality, variety of food products, etc.

For this area of intervention one of the main policy instruments is to facilitate access to resources that allow families to acquire essential basic inputs (seeds of consumption items, green manures, small tools, silos, etc.). Transfers are a priority at this stage.

  • Strategy 2: Competitive production for the market

This line of action is aimed at organizations of family farmers who have an initiated organizational basis and are at different strengthening stages of said organization, which have the capabilities of productive management and are able to introduce their products in more competitive markets. The program, in this line of work, supports them in the following:

  • The inclusion of beneficiary families in traditional commercial networks;
  • Organized participation in providing public procurement;
  • Commercial agro industrial development (productive or value chains) which is based on self-governing organizations and increasingly important co-management processes and strategic alliances with companies in the private sector.

In order to accomplish this, the capacities that make human and social capital are strengthened so that organized farmers develop in a competitive manner, this is achieved by increasing the number and diversity of production chains’ inclusivity, designed to respond to market demands and emerging niches.


Through these components family farmers are provided with tools to help expand access to opportunities, in this case focusing on the search for greater food sufficiency, as well as higher levels of participation in food provision for other sectors of society.

  • Organizational capacity

Through the program’s technical staff, they work heavily in the development of human and social capital based on organizational capacity and participation through the increase of integrated production management.

  • Investment

Under this Program, appropriate legal and administrative measures take place in order to adjust and perfect the mechanisms that have been used to support the target groups so as to enable access to inputs and other basic resources that make productive investments (direct and indirect).

Incidentally, among other fundamental aspects, mechanisms are strengthened to ensure a proper targeting component for the eligible sectors of the following investment areas:

  1. Property taxes: Seeds, corrective, tools, equipment.
  2. Collective: Agro-processing, storage.
  • Technical assistance

Focuses on the management of appropriate technology in areas related to agricultural consumption (horticulture, grains, etc.) and livestock (small livestock, milk, etc.), through technical assistance (TA) whose purpose is to increase comprehensive capacity for production management, management of appropriate technology, the adoption of practices and methods of recovery and conservation of soil and other natural resources, and appropriate management of information for production, organization and marketing decisions.

The main areas of intervention of Technical Assistance are:

  1. Personal self-worth
  2. Assessment of the organization
  3. Access Technology
  4. Recovery, management and conservation of soil
  5. Comprehensive production management
  • Commercialization

A component designed to facilitate the inclusion family farmers in food markets, first of all, and non-food products as a second step;  it also is intended to generate information for decision-making in the following areas:

  1. The inclusion of beneficiary families in traditional commercial networks;
  2. Organized participation in providing public procurement;
  3. Commercial agro industrial development (productive or value chains) and based on self-governing organizations and increasingly important co-management processes and strategic alliances with companies in the private sector.

This component has two lines:

  1. It aims for organizations of family farmers who have little or no experience in marketing their products.
  2. Strengthening organizations of family farmers (ability to advantageously participate in the negotiations) to insert themselves into productive chains.
Target population
  1. Peasant families living in rural settlements of the country;
  2. Communities of indigenous peoples;
  3. Families in rural areas, according to criteria for CCT Programs for families who live in extreme poverty; and
  4. Other families belonging to the family farming sector through their organizations.


Geographical coverage Rural
Responsible organism

Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock

Executing organism Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock
Related institutions Secretariat for Social Action
Instituto Nacional de Desarrollo Rural y de la Tierra
Instituto Paraguayo de Tecnología Agraria
Servicio Nacional de Calidad y Salud Animal
Servicio Nacional de Calidad y Sanidad Vegetal y de Semillas
Banco Nacional de Fomento
Related national policies

Plan Agrario 2012 – 2013

Financial sources

Funding for the program is the sum of the budgets of the various programs and projects of the Ministry of Agriculture which participate in implementation.