About the Post Graduate Program in Rural Development (PGDR), Interdisciplinary Area of CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel):

The Post Graduate Program in Rural Development (PGDR) began its activities in 1999 with Master's degrees and in 2003 with the Doctorate Program. The PGDR is connected to the School of Economic Sciences of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Although it is a new program, the PGDR is heir to a long tradition of studies about the rural environment and agriculture at UFRGS. Its creation substituted and extended the Post Graduate Course in Rural Economy (created in 1963, with the cooperation between MEC-USAID), and its headquarters is the Center for Studies and Research on Economy (IEPE/FCE/UFRGS).

The PGDR is graded 6 on the evaluation by the Interdisciplinary Area Committee of CAPES (Ministry of Education).

The program is defined as a multidisciplinary post graduate course because of the understanding that certain issues and research subjects call for approaches that go beyond discipline borders. This is the case of social, economic, cultural and environmental dynamics, which affect people, activities, resources and the rural environment. In this sense, the PGDR sees rural development as a process resulting from articulated actions that seek to cause socio-economic and environmental changes in the rural space in order to improve the well-being of rural populations.

The PGDR aims to train professionals at a Master's and Doctorate level who are able to work as professors, academic researchers and to participate in intervention actions, who completely understand methods and concepts that allow them to execute projects and coordinate planning activities towards rural development.

Master's and Doctoral Degrees

The Curricular Structure of the PGDR is organized by semi-annual disciplines, divided into mandatory and optional and common to both the Master's and Doctorate programs. It has only one area concentrating on Rural Development, structured in three lines of research. Besides that, professors, students and contributors of the PGDR participate in Research Groups.

In the areas of teaching and research, the PGDR also participates in national and international cooperation projects, such as the Inter-institutional Doctorate (DINTER) with the Federal Institute of Technology of the North of Minas Gerais, the Academic Cooperation Program (PROCAD/CAPES) with the Post Graduate Program in Amazon Agriculture (PPGAA), of the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and also the Doctorate Program in Sociology of the University of Cape Verde.

On the undergraduate level, the students connected to the PGDR, besides participating in disciplines from different undergraduate courses at UFRGS, work on the Course for Planning and Managing Rural Development (PLAGEDER), on the distance education modality (EAD).



Workload: 360 credit hours
Course period: August 2014 to December 2015
Target: Undergraduate-level professionals who belong to EMATER/RS.
Participants: 1 class of 40 students.

a) Offering the professionals selected by Emater/RS the opportunity for academic specialization at a post graduate level, thus optimizing their professional performance and consolidating production locally and regionally, centered mainly on family farming, sustainability and social participation.

b) Training professionals to act as agents for sustainable rural development at regional and territorial levels, who are able to identify, investigate and make available to the extentionist teams a set of options for socio-organizational, technical and non-technical, which are compatible with the needs of the beneficiaries and their space.

Student Body


Workload: 360 credit hours.
Course period: 2001



The PGDR believes that people make the program and enable interdisciplinarity. The Coordination of the Program, elected every two years, is responsible for the academic and administrative management of the PGDR. The coordination always seeks to strengthen the multidisciplinary character of the program and answers to the Post Graduate Council.

The program has a multidisciplinary faculty, with permanent professors and contributors, as well as contributing researchers who are connected to different units at UFRGS and other academic institutions.

The different origins and training of the professors is an important and desired characteristic of the program. This results in the amplification of interdisciplinarity both in the training of our students and in the performance of the PGDR in research and extension programs.

It also has a technical support team that enables the PGDR to act on different areas like teaching, research and extension.


Exchange Programs


1. Academic Cooperation: universities, networks and research groups.

2. Other types of international insertion

3. National Academic Cooperation

4. Institutional Partnerships


1. Academic Cooperation: universities, networks and research groups

Program CAPES-WAGENINGEN - Netherlands

The PGDR was selected by the Program Capes-Wageningen through Official Notice 020/2006, regarding projects for cooperation and exchange of professors and researchers during the years of 2007 and 2008. The project “The Heterogeneity of Rural Development: socio-technical interfaces, environmental practices and political-institutional processes in a comparative perspective – Brazil and Netherlands” had the goal of stimulating the cooperation and the formation of human resources at a post graduate level, with research, scientific production and the organization of joint academic activities. 
In 2007 work and study missions (post-doctorate and doctorate sandwich programs) started to happen, with research and academic activities from Brazil to the Netherlands and vice-versa. The project is coordinated by Prof. Sergio Schneider, from the PGDR, and by Prof. Jan Douwe Van Der Ploeg, of the Department of Rural Sociology of the Wageningen University. 
It is worth mentioning that the research group in rural sociology and development Wageningen University/Netherlands is among the most mentioned and productive among contemporary European rural studies, and has great influence on the academic field and the political-institutional one. The Brazilian team with the PGDR is also formed by professors Jalcione Almeida, Fábio Kessler Dal Sóglio, Marcelo Kunrath Silva and José Carlos Gomes dos Anjos, and doctorate students. 
The Netherlands team has professors Alberto Arce, Henk Renting, Paul Hebink and Henk Oostindie. The partnership between PGDR/UFRGS and Wageningen University gained impulse from the visit of Professor Van Der Ploeg, in 2005, and from a frequent exchange of information and publications. With the approval of the Capes/Wageningen agreement, the perspectives of intellectual approximation gained impulse and the possibilities of more studies grew, especially in view of the exchanges on the research fields, of theoretical and methodological questions and the formation of human resources.
To this day, two study missions have been carried out, with two doctorate students, and four work missions, with short stays by professors from the PGDR. In May 2009, CAPES renewed the support for the Academic Cooperation between the PGDR and Wageningen University - WUR for two more years (2009-2011).

Program CAPES – UDELAR - Uruguay

In September 2008 the agreement between CAPES – UDELAR came into force with the research project “Systems of relations, interests at stake and public policies regarding on the South of Brazil and Uruguay: a comparative study”, coordinated by Jalcione Almeida - PGDR/UFRGS ( and Marta Chiappe - Facultad de Agronomia e Posgrado en Desarrollo Rural de la Universidad de la Republica (
The project seeks to determine the positions, alliances and arguments of the main agents fighting for their interests regarding biotechnology (and GM crops, in particular) on the South of Brazil and Uruguay; to investigate how it is configured and what is the dynamic of the biotechnological arena in these countries when influenced by the “biotechnology issue” in general and by the issue/polemic regarding GM crops in agriculture in particular; to observe how the biotechnological arena if shaped by the presence of particular fields and how the arguments of agents specific to these fields are incorporated into the debate about technology; and to identify how the environmental issue interfered/influences the biotechnological arena and the public policies and, more specifically, the discussions about biotechnology.

From an academic point of view, the execution of this project should be accompanied by the elaboration of scientific articles and by the encouragement of the production of dissertations and theses about a theme that until now has not been researched/analyzed from the point of view of social sciences in Brazil and Uruguay, especially in the area of Sociology. We propose the opening of new frontiers for the theme of biotechnologies in agriculture, discovering new concepts and analytic points of view, favoring and broadening the debate inside and outside academic circles and stimulating the exchange of information in scientific events.
This colaboration will stimulate studies in the post graduate programs for rural development in both countries (PGDR/UFRGS and Posgrado en Desarrollo Rural da Facultad de Agronomia da UdelaR), contributing for the discovery and experimentation of new agricultural practices where biotechnology will be better “managed” by family farming in order to improve local development.

Academic Cooperation Agreement with the National University of Cape Verde (UNICV)

The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS ) is among the Brazilian federal institutions that has performed more actions for the improvement of teaching and research structures with academic institutions of Cape Verde. UFRGS is a participant from the beginning of CAPES negotiations, in 2005. From then on, the agreement between UFRGS and UNICV has enjoyed each new official notice regarding Africa in order to add a new dimension of reflection about the idea of integrating university and community. Currently, the PGDR is working with the UNICV from the approval of a project with Official Notice MCT/CNPq n. 012/2008, which aims to create a Research Center for Local Development and Territorial Organization at the University of Cape Verde (CIDLOT).
This cooperation, if it happens, will strengthen the research groups of the PGDR, of the Prost Graduate Program in Sociology at UFRGS and of the UNICV, in order to install, in the near future, an interdisciplinary center for research about development involving researchers from Brazil and from Portuguese-speaking African countries.

Academic Cooperation Agreement with the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) - Mozambique

Since the creation of the PGDR, the Program maintains the admission of students from institutions of countries from the Mercosul, from other Latin America countries and, more recently, from Africa, which culminates in the signing of cooperation agreements. One example of this exchange is the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Eduardo Mondlane University, in Mozambique, in August 2006.
The MDA, through the NEAD, has also systematically supported this exchange between the PGDR and the  Eduardo Mondlane University. In 2006 it supported the exchange with hotel stays and plane tickets for the members of the faculty committee that went to Mozambique for the International Workshop PUBLIC POLICIES AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT: PERCEPTIONS AND PERSPECTIVES IN BRAZIL AND IN MOZAMBIQUE.
Besides that, in 2008 it financed the trip of a Mozambican doctorate student back to her country for data collection.

Cooperation Agreement with the University of Cape Verde (UNI-CV) – Cape Verde

It is the object of the Cooperation Agreement to join efforts in order to:
1. Favor the strengthening of an institution network around the issue of sustainable rural development in Cape Verde, with the support of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and the Agricultural Development Department; 
2. Create conditions for the emergence of a center for rural development at UNI-CV, with the goal of scientific monitoring and proposing public policies for the sustainable development of family farming and food safety;
3. Consolidate the line of rural development of the first doctorate program in that African country, based on a scientific dialogue between Brazil and Cape Verde about family farming and sustainability.

The target audience of the short duration Courses and the other scheduled activities is divided into two groups: 

1. Public policy managers from government Departments and organs, representatives from professional organizations and NGOs that act in the areas of science, culture and technology, and future university professors in Cape Verde. 
2. Group of professors, researchers que technicians from Cape Verde with whom the Brazilian team will meet to articulate the continuing of the activities for implementing the doctorate program in Social Sciences and its research projects.

Red de Posgrado e Investigación en Desarrollo Rural en el Cono Sur - REDSUR

The Red de Posgrado e investigación em Desarrollo Rural en El Cono Sur – RedSur, which is coordinated by professor Jalcione Almeida, is an initiative of post-graduation programs from countries from the Southern Cone of Latin America (Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay) with the goal of promoting more academic interaction in the common areas of knowledge regarding rural development and contributing for increasing the integration among research groups.   
This initiative was led by the PGDR from the organization of the International Workshop on Public Policies and Rural Development in the Southern Cone, which happened in 2007 in Porto Alegre.
Between April 22 and 24, 2009, in Buenos Aires, happened the II Meeting about Rural Development and Public Policies in the Southern Cone and, at the same time, the 3rd meeting of RedSur.
The next meeting will be in Montevideo, in July 2010.

Program of Academic Cooperation between European Union and Latin America (ALFA)

In October 2004 the PGDR began to integrate the Program of Academic Cooperation between European Union and Latin America (ALFA), from the joint signing with UnB (coordinating institution), as a member institution of the SMART Network – Strategic Monitoring of South-American Regional Transformations. In 2005 began some discussions about the development of studies coordinated by professors Paulo Dabdab Waquil andJalcione Almeida. In September 2008 in Porto Alegre, Campus do Vale – Pantheon Room of the IFCH/UFRGS, happened a Seminar for the members of the network.

Academic Exchange Programs – PGDR – Foreign countries

Students of the Program

  1. Oscar José Rover – Doctorate 2003 – Period: August 2004 to April 2005 – University of Coimbra – Center for Social Studies - Portugal – Foreign co-advisor: Professor Pedro Hespanha –Alban Program – Sandwich.
  2. Norma Kyiota – Doctorate 2003 – Period: October 2005 to September 2006 - University of Sussex/Institute Development Studies (IDS) – Brighton – UK – Foreign co-advisor: Professor Andrea Cornwan –Alban Program. Sandwich.
  3. Miguel Ângelo Perondi - – Doctorate 2003 – Period: January 2006 to August 2006 - University of Sussex/Institute Development Studies (IDS) – Brighton – UK – Foreign co-advisor: Professor Zander Soares Navarro –Alban Program. Sandwich.
  4. Jorge Luiz Amaral de Moraes – Doctorate 2004 – Period: September to December 2007 – University of Coimbra – Center for Social Studies - Portugal – Foreign co-advisor: Professor José Diniz Reis – CAPES/PDEE. Sandwich.
  5. Flávia Charão Marques – Doctorate 2005 – Period: December 2007 to August 2008 – Wageningen University/Rural Sociology Group – Netherlands – Foreign co-advisor: Professor Jan Douwe Van Der Ploeg – CAPES/Wageningen. Sandwich.
  6. Emanoel Marcio Nunes – Doctorate 2005 – Period: October 2008 to January 2009 – Wageningen University/Rural Sociology Group – Netherlands – Foreign co-advisor: Professor Aberto Arce – CAPES/Wageningen. Sandwich.
  7. André Sousa Martinello – Master's 2008 – Programme des futurs leaders dans les Amériques (PFLA) – Canada. Foreign Trainee Program.
  8. Cláudio Machado Maia – Doctorate 2008 – Technical University of Lisbon – Portugal – ALFA/ReDeTIR Program. Sandwich.

Students in the program:

   9. Ana Maria Delgado Alemán – Doctoral candidate from the Universitat Autônoma de Barcelona/Institut de Ciência e Tecnologia Ambientals – Spain – Period on the PGDR: June to August 2006. Brazilian co-advisor: Professor Jalcione Pereira de Almeida. Sandwich on the PGDR.
   10. Karine Peschard – Doctoral candidate from the McGill University – Canada – Period on the PGDR: June 2006 to August 2007. Brazilian co-advisor: ProfessorJalcione Pereira de Almeida. Sandwich on the PGDR.

2. Other types of international participation

Specialized meeting on family farming – REAF

The REAF was created in 2004 by initiative of the Brazilian government as an support organ for the Common Market Group (GMC) (manager of MERCOSUL), with the goal of strengthening public policies for family farming, land reform and generate income for the farmers by facilitating commerce.
All MERCOSUL full members participated (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay e Uruguay) and the invited associated countries (Bolivia, Chile, Venezuela)
Among its merits, it promoted the organization of social movements connected to family farming in countries where they were not strong yet. There have been occurring propositions for joins measures, public policies based on the mutual learning. Much more than commerce, it is MERCOSUL's recorgnition of a social category that has its specificities (historical, ethnical, cultural, institutional) that must be considered at the moment of regional integration. Professor Carlos Guilherme Adalberto Mielitz Netto, professor at the PGDR, is the representative from the Agricultural Development Department (MDA) at REAF.

Slow Food International Association

In October 2006 was signed the Protocol of Intentions between the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and the Slow Food International Association, with the goal of cooperating mutually in teaching, research and extension activities.

This Protocol between UFRGS and SLOW FOOD has the goal of mutual cooperation in order to integrate teaching, research and extension activities and jointly use the experience and specialization from each of its respective working areas for protecting the agricultural biodiversity of cultures and the identities connected to them; for protecting the environment; protecting natural resources and the rights of populations of using them for the common good;  protecting the characteristics of the products in view of risks of genetic pollution; supporting in terms of promoting, training and teaching about quality agri-food production in small scale and sustainable economically, socially and ecologically; supporting the right people have to self-determination regarding food; valuing the rights of communities to germplasm; and the education of the civil society and training of operators for the agri-food sector in all objectives mentioned above.

The contributing professor,Renata Menasche, now teaching at UFPEL, represented the PGDR until recently. The present representative of the PGDR on the Slow Food is the Coordinator, professorSergio Schneider

3. National Academic Cooperation

Federal Institute of Technology of the North of Minas Gerais - IFNMG

In June 2009 an agreement for Technical and Scientific Cooperation is being processed and will be signed by the IFNMG and UFRGS. This agreement has the goal of establishing technical-scientific cooperation between the participants for the formation of a class of Doctorate in Rural Development with an Interinstitutional character – DINTER.

This cooperation will attend the needs of technical qualification of professionals from the IFNMG and has the goal of:
a) training specialized professionals for acting as professors at the IFNMG;
b) enabling the training of doctors who will create and strengthen lines of research that answer to regional needs and amplify institutional commitment with the development of the region;
c) supporting the strengthening of teaching and research groups in the referred area and areas referring to it.

Federal Center for Technological Education of Bento Gonçalves (CEFET/BG) and Federal Center for Technological Education of São Vicente do Sul (CEFET/SVS).

Since August 2005 the PGDR has worked with the direction of the Federal Center for Technological Education of Bento Gonçalves (CEFET/BG) towards the consolidation of a partnership. A cooperation protocol was signed and a partnership term for the execution of the undergraduate technological course Planning and Management of Rural Development – PLAGEDER, a distance learning course.

During the discussions for the works in partnership with the CEFET/BG, the cooperation was broadened and included the Federal Center for Technological Education of São Vicente do Sul (CEFET/SVS).

4. Institutional partnerships

Secretary for the Environment - SEMA

In July 2006, a partnership between UFRGS and SEMA was signed with the goal of joining efforts to develop actions towards the sustainability of the Atlantic Forest.

The provost José Carlos Ferraz Hennemann signed a partnership with the State Secretary for the Environment (SEMA) Cláudio Dilda, with the goal of continuing the project “Samambaia-preta” (Black fern), developed by the Post Graduate Program in Rural Development in Maquiné. Besides carrying out studies with the goal of understanding the ecology of the species, the Project has been seeking to improve the life conditions of the workers who extract it, not only by legalizing the activity and identifying adequate management, but also by developing alternatives to diversify the economy of local families. On the occasion, the provost emphasized the participation of the SEMA, who has had other partnerships with the University and the work developed by Post Graduate courses for the development of the State and, especially, this area.  


Multi-purpose Room

Josué de Castro Room

Celso Furtado Room

Video Studio

Inaugurated on 03/025/2010, the Video Studio of the Distance Education Team of the School of Economic Sciences (FCE/ UFRGS) is located on the building of the Center for Studies and Research on Economy (IEPE). It has the goal of producing and editing videos and video-classes, editing images and organizing and supporting video-conferences.  

The Studio had the decisive support of the Distance Education Department (SEAD), of the Open University of Brazil (UAB/ CAPES), of the direction of the School of Economic Sciences, of the coordination of PLAGEDER and of the Center for Studies and Research on Economy (IEPE). 

Activities and Scheduling
Scheduling the video studio or web conference activities must be done with an electronic form. After registering, the request will be confirmed by the manager of the Team by email.

See more information about the Video Studio on the website of the distance education team.


Post Graduate Program in Rural Development

Telephone number: +55 51 3308-3281
Email address:

Faculdade de Ciências Econômicas
Av. João Pessoa, 31 1º andar
Bairro Centro Histórico
Campus Centro
CEP: 90040-000
Porto Alegre/RS - Brazil