40 Million Brazilians or 21% of Population Getting Government Help

Woman from PiauÀ­, Brazil, shows her Bolsa FamÀ­lia card Patrus Ananias, Brazil's Minister of Social Development and Hunger Alleviation, said yesterday Thursday, September 27, that the Ministry's forecasted budget for 2008 is higher than 28 billion Brazilian reais (US$ 15.2 billion), a projected increase of 14% over the budget for the current year, which was 24.5 billion reais (US$ 13.3 billion).

The Ministry's calculations indicate that the income transfer programs – Bolsa Famí­lia (Family Voucher), Cartão Alimentação (Food Card) and Auxí­lio Gás (Cooking Gas Ticket) – are reaching 40 million people in the country, or 21% of the population, which means that one out of five Brazilians benefit from one of the programs.

According to data supplied by the Ministry, annual expenditures on income transfer this year should total 9.9 billion reais (US$ 5.3 billion). "The funds destined for social development have increased four-fold during the administration of president Lula. The issue of the impoverished population is no longer a marginal subject, it is no longer approached with paternalism, but rather as a key, priority issue".

Patrus Ananias participated, in the southeastern Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, in the Special Forum of the of the National Institute of Higher Studies (Inae), presided by the former minister of Planning João Paulo dos Reis Veloso, at the head office of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES). Patrus Ananias said that the income transfer policies have a positive impact on the entire economy, as the benefited persons acquire a greater purchasing power.


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  • forrest Brown

    I though it was about how many people worked for the brasilian goverment

    not how many were starving under the goverment

  • Jack USA

    The article above
    I would like to add to the bove article this is an internationally registered patent. We are prepared to deal with “any violators” and to use the full extent of the law.

  • swiss pride

    Is it conceivable for an investor as well informed as Ch.c, didn’t know that Haitian blue is more of a PROCESS rather than a BEAN qualityÀ¢€¦especially when he claims that he will be successfully farming it ?
    Is it conceivable that Chc with all the knowledge about his new investment that he would had missed the fact of JL HUFFORD heavy sustainable investment in Haiti to the magnitude of 20,000 farmers involving 24 cooperatives and 23 processing plants in Haiti; for Mr. Chc to make this statement
    **** Blue Haitian coffee, is top quality produced in small quantity, by very small farmers with small land acreages and in hilly lands and in a decrepitated country politically and economically. And in a country decimated year after year with floods and typhoons****
    Is it conceivable to imagine that such a detailed minded man like Mr. Ch.c donÀ¢€™t know that the only requirement of the coffee bean itself for the Haitian Blue coffee is the high altitude of its plantationÀ¢€¦??? (6000 ft.Above Sea Level)
    One may want to ask where exactly in Brazil Mr. Ch.c lands areÀ¢€¦I would hate to think that some Brazilian have sold Mr.Ch.c a few National parks
    (LAUGH LAUGH LAUGH) such as Chapada da Diamantine with 5,249 FT. or Pico da Bandeira National park with 9,488 FT.

  • swiss pride

    and not to wast your “momentum” why don’t you explain
    your explanation to joao da silva about how you are going to use “your land in brazil” to plant haitian blue coffee for a win win win win win win win win situation

    ****Of course there are reasons !
    1) I bought undeveloped farm land after it went down 50 %….in 2 years !
    2) I bought the land not only because price collapsed, but also because grains prices collapsed too from 2004 to 2006 !

    Why chose coffee production ?

    1) Brazilian coffee is of low quality produced in large quantity.
    2) Blue haitian coffee, is top quality produced in small quantity, by very small farmers with small land acreages and in hilly lands and in a decrepitated country politically and economically. And in a country decimated year after year with floods and typhoons.
    On top of that, foreigners CANNOT buy large land but it is not important with the reasons given above.

    Therefore producing top quality coffee in decent quantity, in homogenous quality because produced in the same farm by the same people, in levelled land for mechanical harvesting, in irrigated land (center pivots), should produce a very high return, even more so when you bypass most of the local intermediaries and deal directly with the foreign buyers.****

    Haitian blue is a product of JL HUFFORD American group which has total control of the blend from planting location (6000 ft above sea level) to patented methodology (which Haitian Blue is) to in situs state of the art labs processing and drying. The patented methodology involves immediately after roasting the bean, the coffee is packaged into nitrogen-flushed bags. This process forces nitrogen into the package, replacing the oxygen, that would otherwise quickly age the coffee. The nitrogen preserves the wonderful flavor characteristics of fresh-roasted coffee.

    A bit of history about this coffee:From 1990 to 1996, the project spent $5.8 million to help 20,000 farmers belonging to 24 local cooperatives. The project united them into a single federation, which acquired an export license in order to sell the coffee directly to customers abroad. That cut out brokers in Haiti, which increased the farmers’ potential share of profits from their coffee, project managers say. The project helped farmers plant 4,350 acres of coffee. This effort, along with planting new trees on existing plantations, required 5.7 million coffee seedlings, along with nearly a quarter-million plantain plants and 30,500 citrus trees. Because coffee needs moist soil, coffee farmers plant other trees around the coffee to provide shade.Agriculture agents working for the project helped farmers boost production by improving techniques, too. They shared information about properly spacing coffee trees, replacing old trees that have passed their peak years, and other ways to produce more beans on the same land.To launch the project’s second phase, marketing in the United States, the cooperatives also needed new facilities for processing the coffee, a necessary step in meeting the demands of specialty coffee shops. The agricultural institute helped the farmers set up 23 processing plants to wash the beans, sort out only the ripe beans, and then sun-dry them on clean, cement drying beds. The coffee is then sold to exclusive U.S. coffee roasters and then market it.Thanks to CafÀƒ©iÀƒ©res NatÀƒ­ves, A.I.D., and the few exclusive roasters picked to sell Haitian Bleu in the U.S., this coffee has become a success story. Not only have a group of farmers succeeded in producing a world-class coffee that rates with the best, they have done so amidst a sea of political turbulence. The coffee industry has allowed the Haitians to rise above their poverty, political strife and violence in an attempt to control and enrich their lives. 19,000 peasant coffee farmers who have re-created a rare coffee once enjoyed by European Kings.Interesting facts about Haiti:À‚· One out of every six people in Haiti rely on the coffee industry for survival.À‚· Coffee accounts for 30% of Haiti’s products, making it #1.À‚· There are over 145,000 hectares of coffee cultivated in Haiti.À‚· Haitian Bleu coffee is grown at altitudes at over 6,000 feet.

  • swiss pride

    and while you are so happy explain this article!!! would you?
    Swiss has the lowest per capita roductivity in Europe
    A report published by the Geneva-based International Labour Organization shows average per capita output of $41,310 (SFr49,815) À¢€“ a figure dwarfed by the French with their 35-hour week.Workers in France ($54,609), Austria ($48,162), Italy ($46,154) and Germany ($42,345) easily outstrip their Swiss counterparts. They are also far more productive for each hour worked: the French squeeze out $35.08 an hour À¢€“ a third more than the Swiss.
    À¢€œCompared with the European Union, productivity is much lower [in Switzerland],À¢€Â Marie-Claire Sodergren, an economist in the ILO Employment Trends Unit, told swissinfo.
    She added that the figure was all the more surprising as Switzerland has a low unemployment rate À¢€“ 4.0 per cent in 2006, according to the Swiss Labour Force Survey À¢€“ and a relatively high percentage of the working population in employment.

  • swiss pride

    If you are so happy today “Pinochio”why don’t you try telling the thruth for a change?.
    According to the latest survey carried out by the Federal Statistical Office on incomes and consumption, the average monthly income of a Swiss household came at the time to CHF 8,797 (just over À¢‚¬5,700 at the then current exchange rate) whereas expenditure amounted to CHF 7,912 a month (around À¢‚¬5,140 at the exchange rate applicable at the time).
    At first glance these figures may seem high to you but, to appreciate them at their real value, they in fact cover the household’s total income and include all incomes which, in one way or another, are paid into the household budget (wages, pensions, private income, interest, assets, etc.). Once you know that, you can begin to get an idea of the income level and the cost of living in Switzerland.
    Work is, naturally enough, the main source of a household’s income, the other income coming from transfers (pensions, private income, etc.), assets and rents. The main items of expenditure are accommodation, insurance, tax and food. For more details on this subject, please refer to sections on these subjects, look at the Federal Statistical Office’s website or read through the UBS bank leaflet on the worldwide comparison of purchasing power (2003 edition).
    Cost of living
    It’s no use trying to hide the fact: Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in Europe. This is borne out by a survey undertaken by Eurostat, the European statistical office, in 31 countries of the “old continent”, Europe. For example, to fill the same shopping basket, a Swiss household pays 26% more than a French household and 63% more than a Spanish household. The experts hope, however, that the bilateral agreements entered into by Switzerland and the EU will mean that these prices may start to fall.
    RankCountryGDP (PPP) $m

    À¢€”European Union13,881,051
    1United States13,020,861
    2People’s Republic of China9,984,0621
    6United Kingdom2,121,766
    14South Korea1,155,565
    16Republic of China (Taiwan)691,189
    20South Africa606,407
    27Saudi Arabia396,673

  • ch.c.

    To Joao….another one…..in Switzerland !
    French cars sold in Switzerland are more expensive than if sold in other foreign countries.
    Answer given by the French cars manufacturers in the same TV documentary : “True…Swisses can afford, thus our profit margin is higher”.

    This said, our French cars are STILL cheaper than when sold elswhere…..due to the VAT tax….the lowest in all Europe !

    For your info, Geneva is a 15 minutes bus/car drive to France. Same for Basel.
    French enjoy filling their fuel car tanks in Switzerland….because we are much cheaper…..despite we are richer.
    Same for cigarettes.
    All due to LOWER TAXES !!!!!!

    Curiously…same for CLOTHES !!!!!

    And for Swiss chocolate, smile, French are buying it…BY THE KILOS !!!!!!

  • ch.c.

    Pharmaceutical drugs prices sold in Switzerland…produced by Swiss companies !
    A few years ago, in a TV documentary with interviews of Swiss pharmaceutical producers, their answer was quite clear…..sadly :
    “Yesssssssss…….drugs produced by Swiss pharmaceutical makers and sold in Switzerland are more expensive than when sold
    abroad. The Swiss people must somewhat pay for the R&D costs. And if Swiss authorities and citizens disagree, they will delocalize their R&D laboratories”

    More simple….there is not !

    Unfortunately…..that is the truth, trust me !

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Ethanol is cheaper….than beer !!

    You are in an excellent mood today and I guess it Friday night feaver! I am also in a good mood. How is the weather in Geneva? You must be having a great fall.

    Coming back to the cost of pharmaceutical drugs being sold in your country for a very high price, I was surprised . This is another topic that interests me a lot.Why is it being done?

    Dont hide anything and tell us about it all.

  • ch.c.

    Joao is ….”afraid that the rumor may become a reality,judging by the way the the prices of dairy products ”
    Help your country. Stop drinking beer, start with ethanol….!!!!!!
    Ethanol is cheaper….than beer !!

  • ch.c.

    “Not only the prices of Dairy products,but also the poultry products,beef,etc; ”
    Interesting to note that in my country…prices went up somewhat…but not big !
    The Brazilians population probably pay a higher price for the products you produce and consume…than those you produce and export !
    This is a type…of direct export subsidizes, paid by Brazilians citizens !!!!!!

    But dont worry, it is the same for the Swiss drugs produced in Switzerland. They are more expensive when sold locally than when sold abroad !!!! Sadly….true !

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Did you hear the rumor, which will probably be true, that shortly, to help the Brazilian ethanol industry and to create millions of new jobs oF sugarcane cutters, IT WILL BECOME MANDATORY that every Brazilian citizen, children included, will have to drink 1 gallon of ethanol…per day ????? [/quote]

    I am afraid that the rumor may become a reality,judging by the way the the prices of dairy products have sky rocketed since January. It costs less to buy a litre of beer than to buy milk. Not only the prices of Dairy products,but also the poultry products,beef,etc; that are essential for feeding the kids to grow. Any Brazilian houswife would tell you about the increase in prices of these.It is a shame.

    Being a Friday night, I am relaxing and having some beer and I am sure you would not mind 😉

  • CH.C.

    to Joao…….
    you started to be funny…..thus I continued !
    Are YOU under the ethanol influence as Lula is 24/7//365 !

    Did you hear the rumor, which will probably be true, that shortly, to help the Brazilian ethanol industry and to create millions of new jobs oF sugarcane cutters, IT WILL BECOME MANDATORY that every Brazilian citizen, children included, will have to drink 1 gallon of ethanol…per day ?????

  • ch.c.

    ALL numbers in the article are….. WRONG ! DEAD WRONG…on purpose !
    Knowing that the Bolsa Familia budget IS BY FAR THE LARGEST and had a budget of 8 billion Reals in 2006, the other programs CANNOT BE AS BIG….IN THE TOTAL OF 24 BILLION REALS FOR 2007 !

    Lets face it, the US$ amounts provided are in fact Brazilian Reals.
    Therefore in US$ you should divide by the exchange rate…AND NOT MULTIPLY…once more.
    Correct numbers CAN ONLY BE …….BRL 13,3 billion for 2007 (MAKING AROUND US$ 6,5 billion) and NOT US$ 13,3 BILLION (MAKING BRL 24,4 billion).
    Otherwise the other programs are as big or even bigger than the Bolsa Familia…….WHICH IS NOT THE CASE !!!!!
    Hopefully everyone can see how the numbers are manipulated by Bin Lula and his 4000 thieves, liars and cheaters !!!!!

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Did not you know it ?

    Just invent aa new name….and you will be ok ![/quote]

    Thanks for the suggestion. May be I will change to JÀƒµao CALHEIROS!

    You seem to be funny today. Under the influence of Brazilian Ethanol? 😉

  • ch.c.

    to Joao……
    but as per the Brazilian bureaucracy files records….you already receive each of the programs !

    Did not you know it ?

    Just invent aa new name….and you will be ok ! 😀

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Interesting to note that there are 40 millions citizens entitled to one or more of the programs.

    On Monday, I am going to rush to the appropriate government departments to find out if I am eligible for these benefits also 🙁

  • CH.C.

    ” Bolsa FamÀƒ­lia (Family Voucher), CartÀƒ£o AlimentaÀƒ§Àƒ£o (Food Card) and AuxÀƒ­lio GÀƒ¡s (Cooking Gas Ticket) ”
    Interesting to note that there are 40 millions citizens entitled to one or more of the programs.

    THEREFORE HOW COULD THE FULL OF LIES BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT PRETEND that in 2006 there were 45 millions people receiving the Bolsa Familia, NOT counting the other programs ?????

    Brazilians maths….as usual, or Bin Lula lies….as usual ?
    In my view it is both.

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