The national rural learning service

SENAR, Brazil’s national rural learning service (Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Rural) develops and runs an extensive programme of trainings for Brazilian farmers

These are aimed at consistently improving and maintaining the highest standards in food quality; on embedding and extending environmentally-friendly and low-carbon farming practices; and on the socio-economic developmental needs of rural areas.

A broad portfolio of free-of-charge trainings is updated every year to reflect farmers’ evolving needs and to contribute to a strong rural economy. SENAR serves thousands of farmers every year, contributing to their professionalisation and improving their quality of life and that of their families.  

SENAR is a private entity linked to CNA and managed by federal government representatives and agricultural workers and employers.

Since its inception in 1991 SENAR has trained more than 70m rural producers and workers. SENAR’s 6,000 instructors conduct vocational courses and provide technical assistance across all 26 states of Brazil.

The educational handbooks cover more than 300 rural occupations – from hand milking to precision crop management.

Technical and managerial assistance to farmers

SENAR’s close relationship with the daily routine in countryside allowed the development of its own methodology of Technical and Managerial Assistance (ATeG). The goal is to improve the quality of life of farmers and tailor the productive systems to the effects of climate change.

This allows Brazilian farmers to produce more food with a lower impact on natural resources. Combining vocational training, programme handbooks, and technological advice with customized recommendations based on the individual specifications of each property, the ATeG methodology promotes economic, social and ecological development of the assisted farmers.

The ATeG methodology is composed of five steps:

  1. Tailor-made productive diagnosis
  2. Strategic planning
  3. Technological suitability
  4. Supplementary vocational training
  5. Systematic evaluation of outcomes

In addition to the central administration, 23 regional institutes comprise the institutional network for Technical and Managerial Assistance. The team is composed of nearly 2,500 on-the-field technicians and 87 supervisors. In 2017 alone, more than 60,000 producers participated in this program. The model can be implemented in different biomes – in Brazil or internationally. It is suitable for any agriculture and livestock chain or production system – from organic agriculture to conventional production of grains.

International cooperation

Based on the success of the development of the world’s largest tropical agriculture, Brazil’s national rural learning service SENAR has developed an international portfolio of training services for its partners around the world.

In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, SENAR’s teaching model offers to its international partners training models for technical, managerial, and professional development, as well as the promotion of equality and quality of life in rural areas.

One of the principles of the international cooperation services of SENAR is the consideration of the sociocultural characteristics of each assisted producer around the wold. All projects are adaptable to biomes, landscapes and rural communities.

The portfolio is available in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. For more information on international cooperation, contact us at

Brazil’s national rural learning service (SENAR)

Portfolio of the services of the system CNA-SENAR-ICNA