Organizing for land and livelihoods
ASSEMA organizes thousands of women-headed rural families in Northeast Brazil to remain on and make a living from farms gained through land reform. Founded by courageous women who chose to fight for their community when faced with eviction, ASSEMA puts great emphasis on the value of women’s work and a respect for local cultures and the environment.
With ASSEMA’s support, rural women lead campaigns to protect the native Babaçu palm tree and their livelihoods as Babaçu nut harvesters. Through local cooperatives and associations, Babaçu nut harvesters are able to sell their products for a fair price and benefit from royalties payments for the use of their traditional knowledge by cosmetic companies.