Despite the fact that the vegetation is recovering from the grass fire last spring. The unseasonable drought means that Miquel is facing the additional cost of finding and renting new pastures, as well as the cost of transporting the cattle.
Miquel bought his stock with the help of a Volunteer in Brazil Micro Loan, unfortunately these extra costs will probably reduce his expected profit margin.
It is challenges such as these, to the agriculturally dependent communities of North East Brazil, that are the main push factors in the migration of people from the rural areas. Other factors include, issues of land ownership, the difficulty in obtaining small development loans and the lack of effective, cohesive, federal and state policies.
Hopefully, the light being shone on issue of land ownership (called ‘Land Grabs‘) by the joint charities campaign is a step towards raising awareness and public protest for policy change at national and international levels.