Created in 2004 the Postgraduate Program in Rural Extension and Local Development - POSMEX is focused on teaching and research attentive to the dynamics of contemporary rural, local development, and popular cultures. Development studies in recent decades have gained momentum from the communication approaches associated with the design of local development. The motivation of the approach adopted is linked to the changes brought about by the globalization of the economy and the globalization of culture. And, above all, by the demands of civil society, materialized in confronting poverty and new forms of social exclusion in popular contexts, including the segments of the Brazilian rural world.

Thus, the program focuses on teaching and research related to the production of knowledge capable of contributing to the viability of communication processes that meet the demands of social inclusion, such as the ecological question; of citizenship building; technological issues and digital inclusion of popular contexts; participatory municipal management; studies on the implementation and development of public policies; environmental sustainability in rural areas; agroecology, new ruralities; of rural education; the training of extension technicians; the training of farmers to meet the new economic and social demands; gender and youth issues; the traditional peoples of the water and the forest; family farming, quilombolas; solidarity economy; food security; of associativism and cooperativism.

These themes were studied in the research that culminated in the systematized scientific production and by the 142 dissertations defended during the 12 years of the Program's existence. These dissertations are located in two lines of research: Communication Policies and Strategies for Local Development and Rural Extension for Local Development.

With regard specifically to the line of research: Communication Policies and Strategies for Local Development, POSMEX produced 65 (sixty-five) dissertations, many of them contemplating an interdisciplinary perspective between the two lines of the Program. Among the various topics addressed in the research, we highlight the interest of the teaching staff for projects associated with the access and appropriation of digital technologies by the populations of rural popular contexts.

In the Rural Extension for Local Development research line, POSMEX produced 77 (seventy-seven) dissertations involving research objects associated with the following themes: technical assistance, rural extension and fishing extension for various groups, such as fishermen, indigenous and quilombola communities. ATER counseling for women; coexistence with the semi-arid; agroecological transition; and sustainable development. The perspective of these studies is to deconstruct the current discourses of government policies that, under the pretext of development, reiterate, in many cases, the old models based on the technological modernization of agriculture and fisheries.

Into POSMEX, studies are also contemplated on the new ruralities, pluriactivity, and rural tourism that comprise the interactions of agricultural and non-agricultural activities in rural development processes. It is also verified, in these dissertations, the concern to incorporate the concept of Rural Extension from within the framework of the National Plan for Technical Assistance and Rural Extension - ATER, published by the Ministry of Agrarian Development in 2010. In this ATER project the emphasis is given to local development as a terrain of social conflict, in addition to the notion of concertation advocated by some Brazilian and Latin American authors.

The above shows that POSMEX promotes interaction between the Agrarian Sciences and the Human Sciences and, based on the development of research that considers human action as a propeller of development The Program has been building several international agreements with institutions in Portugal, such as the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém; in Spain with the University of Cordoba; and with Argentina has consolidated the relationship with the University of Rio Cuarto with the reception of a teacher to carry out postdoctoral training in 2015. An agreement with the New University of Lisbon is under way. Within the scope of national articulation, the Program is responsible for the creation and coordination of the GP (Research Group) "Communication and Regional and Local Development of the Brazilian Society of Interdisciplinary Communication Studies (INTERCOM)", since 2009.

It is noteworthy that in the theme of Gender and Fisheries, in the perspective of rural extension and local development, POSMEX has contributed to the coordination of the Thematic Symposia since 2006. With insertion in the North and Northeast Feminist Network of Studies and Research on Women and Relations of Gender - REDOR, which brings together, articulates and develops studies on women and gender relations in the North and Northeast of Brazil. This network groups more than 30 Centers and Groups of Studies linked to the Institutions of Higher Education and Research of the two regions. The 18th REDOR National Meeting was held in 2016 at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, supported by teachers and students of the Institution. POSMEX participates in the Network of Rural Studies in the participation and organization of events in this biannual meeting and book launch; POSMEX also participates, through its teachers and students, in the Folkcom Network, the Folkcom Network, with national and international insertion. From the national and international articulations of Posmex with the Folk Network UFRPE was indicated to host the meeting of the Network in May 2017, event called XVIII Brazilian Conference of Folkcommunication. In the international sphere, Posmex participates through its professors at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Sciences (ACFAS), Canada; and the National Rural Extension Days of AADER (Argentine Association for Rural Development and Extension). POSMEX professors are members of institutions such as INTERCOM - Brazilian Society of Interdisciplinary Communication Studies; ALAIC (Latin American Association of Communication Researchers) and CONFIBERCOM (Ibero-American Confederation of Communication Studies).


POSMEX OBJECTIVES The Post-Graduation Program in Rural Extension and Local Development (POSMEX), master degree stricto sensu of the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE), aims to:

1- General:

To promote the training and qualification of human resources, destined to the exercise of teaching, research and extension activities in Rural Extension and Local Development.

2- Specifics:

a- To promote interaction between the Agrarian Sciences and the Human Sciences and, from the development of research that considers human action as a propeller of local development, contribute to the changes of the local contexts and the broader social contexts;

b- Enable the organization of research projects, at the national level and that produce research and extension activities in the field of Agrarian Sciences.