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Government delivers 700,000 basic food baskets to indigenous people across the country In all, Funai has already allocated around R$ 47.5 million for preventive actions to Covid-19

The baskets were obtained with its own resources, donations and acquired with resources from the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights and the Ministry of Citizenship. In several deliveries, Funai had the support of partners such as the Army and the National Supply Company (Conab). In addition to food, the foundation distributed more than 221,000 hygiene and cleaning kits to different populations, in order to reinforce the adoption of preventive measures.
In all, the foundation has already allocated around R$47.5 million for preventive actions to Covid-19, highlighting support for around 300 sanitary barriers, in order to prevent the entry of non-indigenous people into the villages. Even in March 2020, the foundation had already suspended authorizations to enter Indigenous Lands, with the exception of essential services.
The agency also invested R$ 17.2 million in around 500 inspection actions in Indigenous Lands (TIs) across the country. The activities are important to curb illegal activities and ensure the safety of communities, preventing the contagion of these populations by Covid-19. The amounts were intended to strengthen actions to combat environmental crimes in ILs, such as mining and illegal logging.
Funai also invested around R$ 18 million in supporting productive activities in the villages, which seek to provide the communities with food and economic self-sufficiency. The resources were destined to fish farming activities, subsistence gardens, harvesting crops, making fabric masks and handicrafts, agricultural production, flour houses, honey houses, among others. The intention is to make the indigenous people maintain production, in addition to collaborating so that, in the post-crisis period, ethnic groups invest in income generation processes and strengthen culture.


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