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Sustainability Routes – Systematization of sustainability strategies for Rural Development

This study presents the systematization of exit and sustainability strategies, here called sustainability routes, of the Semear International Program (Programa Semear Internacional – PSI), of the Cariri, Seridó and Curimataú Sustainable Development Project (PROCASE), of the Dom Hélder Câmara II Project (PDHC II), and of the Sustainable Development Project for Rural Communities in Semi-Arid Zones (North and Mixteca) (PRODEZSA), all financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Brazil and Mexico. Hopefully it will be possible to define a path, a route, for a more systemic understanding of how to direct efforts and resources in high-impact actions, ensuring the harmonious withdrawal of projects from the field. The systematization is complemented with visual elements, such as mental maps and graphic reporting, which facilitate the understanding and connection of the main ideas that emerged during the exchange.

Here, sustainability was considered as the representation of the permanence of the benefits generated by the Projects supported by IFAD after their completion, in such a way as to enable rural development and poverty reduction. Sustainability indicators are perceived in a strategy when they can clearly point to lasting results from the actions implemented over the years, with efficient use of resources and concrete benefits in the communities served.