Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1990
APAEB-Assoc. dos Peq. Agric. do Mun. de Valente
This description of Ismael Ferreira de Oliveira's work was prepared when Ismael Ferreira de Oliveira was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1990.
Ismael Ferreira is working to make Brazil's declining sisal industry competitive and to put more profits into the hands of the crop's many small producers. Grown in the dry Northeast, sisal is a drought-resistant cash crop that helps these farmers stay on their subsistence farms.
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