Professionals from ministries and institutions related to the agriculture sector from 20 countries in Oceania, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean meet in Brasilia through to March 14 to attend the course in Government Policy for Marketing Aimed at Strengthening Family Agriculture and Food Security. The program deals with policies for credit, technical assistance and public procurement procedures as the principal instruments available for income generation and growth for farmers and family farmers in Brazil. "Family farming produces 70% of food consumed in Brazil, occupies 25% of the country’s cultivated area, generates 75% of jobs in rural areas and accounts for 84% of establishments in rural Brazil", according to data provided by the Secretary of the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA), Laudemir Müller. In a similar training course on Public Policy for Gender Equality, with emphasis on Policies for Rural Women and Food Security, the Ministry of Agrarian Development highlighted public policies that provide benefits and improved quality of life for rural workers. Attended mostly by women, the course participants learned about the principal support schemes available to women in rural areas in Brazil. An example is the line of credit provided by the National Program for Strengthening Family Agriculture (’Pronaf Mulher’), with an interest rate of 2% per year for loans up to R$ 50,000. The courses are sponsored by the Brazilian Cooperation Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ABC/MRE), with participation from the National Supply Company (Conab) and the Ministries of Agrarian Development and Social Development & Hunger Combat (MDS) and the Special Secretariat for Policies for Women. The aim of the courses is to present the Brazilian solution to providing programs and policies aimed at family farming and securing the supply of nutrition.