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Founded in 1993, ADAI is a national organization that began its work in the southern region of Brazil with the mission of representing and guaranteeing the defense of the rights of those affected by dams, through social assistance and the provision of technical assistance and rural extension services (ATER) to the recipients of its social work, who are mostly riverine or resettled families.

Since its legal establishment, ADAI has established cooperation agreements

It is committed to providing services to the families of the Collective Rural Resettlements (RRC) and riverside communities, and to developing agricultural production in a sustainable way on the properties, taking into account, first and foremost, the self-consumption and food security of the families, producing enough diversity, quality and quantity for a good diet and generating income from surplus production.

In addition to the technical cooperation work, ADAI, before it was legally established, worked actively and continues to work on the installation of the Collective Rural Resettlements (RRC), in the operationalization, planning of activities, monitoring the construction of individual improvements (for the affected beneficiaries) and collective improvements (school, gymnasium and church in the community areas), administration of financial resources and monitoring of the relocated families.

In view of the organization’s history and its intense work in the south of the country, which subsequently reached all regions of Brazil, it should be noted that it directly assists around 14,000 (fourteen thousand) people in more than 41 (forty-one) projects carried out with public, private, national and international partners.

To carry out all these activities, it relies on professionals from different areas (technical, financial and administrative) and a large number of volunteers. This team has worked and continues to work in a way that promotes the mission and disseminates the values, seeking better living conditions for those affected by dams.

In recent years, it began working with the Food Acquisition Program (PAA) in the southern region of Brazil and, from then on, made the program a priority in its actions to generate income, sovereignty and food security in the regions where it operates.