Bahia is the fourth most populated state in Brazil and is located within the Northeastern part of the country. Adapts Hinterland is the semi-arid region that is among the poorest in Brazil. Climate conditions prove challenging for nearly two million households who face periods of recurrent drought and low and irregular rainfall (200 to 1000 mm / year). The region contains about 45% of poor Brazilians (18 million).
To give young farmers access to water efficient irrigation and innovative technologies that will enhance their ability in adapting to climate change conditions, ensure food security and market their produce through micro finance and specific knowledge provided by Adapta Sertão to local cooperatives.
Long-term objectives include starting a social enterprise that will reach a minimum of 1, 000 farmers by 2014 and disseminate the model in other regions of Brazil and of the world. This will help reduce poverty, ensure food security and decrease deforestation rates caused by pasture. Adapta Sertao also intends to work in collaboration and through partnerships with various local academic leaders toward implementing material about climate change and Adapta Sertao into elementary education.