Get to know the history of CETRA





Since 1981, the Center of Labor Studies and Worker’s Support – CETRA, has fought for a sustainable future in Ceará, in the northeast of Brazil, and the rights and dignity of its traditional communities.At first, CETRA’s started offering legal advice to smallholder farmers in their struggle to have a land of their own. In the 1990s, the mission evolved, it was time to work properly on that land, bringing to it technical solutions and improvements. Through the endurance and solidarity of its communities, the goal was now to transform the countryside into a space of well-being and sustainability. 


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In recent years, CETRA has seen this contribution within the broad perspective of a globally sustainable future, investing in green and social technologies, contributing to projects in the fields of renewable energy, water resources, agro-forestry and biodiversity. The set of its challenges are, amongst many others: Sustainable living with the Semiarid, Agro-ecology, Organic Products, Solidary Economy Network, Fair Trade, Life Improvement and Cultural Rights for traditional people, youth and women.

All those goals are within the collective fight for social justice, inclusive public policies and democratization and diversity. As thus, CETRA has a long history of working along with Government Agencies and Technological Institutes, and welcomes now warmly any partnership with institutions or groups outside Brazil, in hope for solidarity, sustainability and social justice!

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Contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the farming families through Agroecology, Living with the Semiarid and Solidarity Socioeconomics, considering the economical, political, socio-environmental, cultural, gender, generation and ethnicity dimentions, having the universalization of Human Rights as a principle to build a fair, free and egalitarian society.


Strategic Lines:

– Agroecology and Living with the Semiarid
– Socio-Environmental Actions
– Solidarity Socioeconomics
– Strengthening of Social Organizations and Networks
– Women
– Communication



Meet experiences of families from the Brazilian Semiarid accompanied by CETRA


Social Technology and Livelihood in the Semiarid Drylands


Agroecology built in a family



Tremembé – Ancestry, Struggle and Culture



Agroecological Fairs and Solidarity Network in Ceará



Balanço do Coqueiro – young cultural protagonists and affirmative leaders of rural identity



Autonomy and Collective Action: Pessoa’s Story and the Community Achievements


Guardians of Biodiversity


Renew Water for a Living Semiarid – The experience of water reuse in the Purão



Protagonism of the young quilombolas of Batoque



A yard that grows sovereignty – Maria de Lourdes’s Experience



Every day is a day to resist! Fight, tradition and challenges of the quilombola people in Sítio Veiga


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