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Cooperatives and agroecology hand in hand: discover the work of Grande Sertão

Cooperatives and agroecology hand in hand: discover the work of Grande Sertão

by Luana Luizy, Communication Officer, International Education Institute of Brazil

 

Combined with environmental conservation, the Grande Sertão cooperative, in Montes Claros, also north of MG, was founded in 2003, and works with food from family farming.

The standout product is the buriti oil, used by the cosmetic and food industries.

The tasty sour coconut beer. Photo: Grande Sertão Collection

Currently, Grande Sertão has 230 members, covers 30 municipalities and indirectly involves 2 thousand families and 350 rural communities. “We are looking for new commercialization channels to strengthen us even more, and everything is done  within the principles of sustainable management ”, points out Fábio Soares, leader of the cooperative.

Altogether, more than 25 species are processed, such as araticum, cagaita, murici, cajá, jatobá, pequi, among others. Honey, rapadura and cachaça are also part of the list of products sold by Grande Sertão, which also produces and sells a tasty delicacy made from sour coconut: craft beer which is already famous throughout Brazil.

Partnership with CEPF Cerrado and IEB

With the support of Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF Cerrado) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), through the project & #8220; Buriti & #8211; income generation for young people and women, conservation of Veredas and Chapadas & #8221;, a buriti production chain for the Grande Sertão it came out strengthened. The project favored the extraction and commercialization of oil from the fruit, contributing to the conservation of the Veredas, a type of ecosystem in the Cerrado where the palm tree is born and an important birthplace of springs. “Based on the initiative, we gave strength to trade to be structured; it was also an instrument to maintain these conserved areas ”, says Aryanne Amaral, project assistant for CEPF Cerrado's implementation strategy.

Buriti shavings. Photo: Grande Sertão Cooperative Collection

The commercialization of oil was successful, and today, Grande Sertão has reached the international market with the product and has renowned clients, such as the Brazilian giant Natura. Women and youth were involved in this process and benefited, being important players in the conservation of the Cerrado.

In the buriti production chain, women are ahead: they collect, extract oil, pulp, dry and pack. With this project, women started to have financial autonomy ”, says Fábio Soares.

Covid-19

Family farmer. Photo: Grande Sertão Cooperative Collection

The pandemic, of course, also brought impacts on the daily lives of associates Grande Sertão, which saw sales plummet. If it is not possible to sell family farming products at collective fairs, cooperative members needed to rethink the survival mechanisms in the market.

“We have more than 30 tons of fruit pulp stocked, with an expiration date to expire. We are looking for new strategies, such as turning these pulps into jellies, or developing a ready-made juice line. But we have a challenge, since we don't use preservatives; the product is natural ”, ponders Soares.

About Grande Sertão

The Grande Sertão Cooperative develops actions around the sustainability and agroecology, with the objective of promoting the strengthening of agroextractive communities. Associations and cooperatives, good production practices with Cerrado fruits, promote the management and conservation of rural territories where sustainable agroextractivism is practiced.

 

For more information about the Grande Sertão, visit: https://www.facebook.com/cooperativagrandesertao/


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

Composting in Traditional Generating Communities

by Mario Alberto Santos, via Federal University of Western Bahia (UFOB)

This leaflet is a didactic guide to assist in the installation of a composting model made within the Pedagogical Workshop for treatment of organic solid waste and production of agricultural inputs. This workshop is part of the Project activities. Productive Backyards, Agroecology and Food Safety in the Guará River Valley, São Desidério-BA, which aims to present and disseminate social technologies and sustainable practices for agroecological food production, recovery, soil conservation and treatment of solid organic waste in traditional Geraizeiras communities in western Bahia. Funding for the project is from CEPF Cerrado (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund), an international fund administered in Brazil by the IEB (International Institute of Education of Brazil), located in Brasília-DF. The technical responsibility lies with the Research and Extension Group: Geographic Education, Dialogue of Knowledge and Cerrado, from the Federal University of Western Bahia (UFOB), and has a partnership with the Bahia Polytechnic School Foundation (FEP-BA), responsible for financial management.

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The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Riacho dos Machados Rural Workers Union launches reference term for contracting services in project supported by CEPF Cerrado

Photo: Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection

The project 1 Taking Care of the Cerrado and Promoting Life #8221;, which is performed by Riacho dos Machados Rural Workers Union and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), aims to qualify 70 families of farmers from the communities distributed in the territory of Riacho dos Machados (MG), which make up the area foreseen for the creation of the Tamanduá and Poções Development Reserve.

The project launches the call for hiring a consulting firm specializing in resource management, good production practices, productive innovation in family farming and water, soil and food production conservation processes to carry out project-related activities, according to reference term. Interested parties should submit their proposals by 11:59 pm on August 30, 2019. For more details on the selection process, see the reference term.


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Projects in focus: Agroforestry providing ecosystem services

Between December 1 and 2, 2018, the Rede Rio São Bartolomeu de Mutua Association Cooperation - Rede Bartô promoted a course of implantation of agroforestry systems in partnership with the expert Felipe Caltabiano, through the project Agroforestry providing ecosystem services, supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB). The course involved representatives of Rede Bartô and the direct beneficiaries of the project, who are the rural producers of the Oziel Alves Settlement, located in Planaltina (DF).

The project Agroforestry providing ecosystem services, which is performed by itself Bartô Network, aims to benefit family farming communities that are located in Cerrado, RIDE Brasília and are part of a key area for biodiversity. One of the main components of this project is to contribute to household food security and income improvement through organic food production in agroforestry, promoting sustainable productive landscapes that will serve as a model and example for all community members to replicate.

In the course of Agroforestry Systems Implementation Course an area of 500 m² was planted, focusing on the production of cycle vegetables, roots and fruits. In addition to the production species, tree species were also sown from seeds and native Cerrado species. In addition to these activities, participants had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in vegetable consortia, use of different types of organic material for mulching, application of agroforestry systems for different production systems, etc. According to the team at Rede Bartô, producers were able to share their experience with agroforestry systems and reported the great improvement in their properties since they began working within this production logic. The vast majority are already well-suited to the basic principles of SAF's and are enthusiastic about the prospects and potential of these production models & #8221;

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Vegetable planting within the agroforestry system.
Bartô Network team and farmers.


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Projects in focus: Sustainable Production Practices

© COPABASE
© COPABASE

 

The project & #8220; Sustainable Production Practices as Promoters of Biodiversity Conservation in the Urucuian Wilderness & #8221;  promotes and strengthens the productive chains associated with the sustainable use of natural resources and ecological restoration through the diversification of agro-extractive production with sustainable management through the collective structuring of families within the region. Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on Solidarity Economy - COPABASE, which is located in the Urucuia River basin region, one of the main tributaries of São Francisco.

In September, the COPABASE team began the construction of its nursery, where approximately 5,000,000 seedlings will be produced, among exotic species such as acerola, guava, tamarind, passion fruit, and the economically valuable native ones, such as baru, ipê, cagaita and jatoba. . The seedlings produced will be donated to the cooperative members to carry out the restoration of degraded areas and the implementation of family agro-extractive systems.


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

 

Food Forests in the Cerrado and International Family Farming Day | July 25th |

 

 

On July 25, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrates the International Day of Family Farming worldwide. In celebration of this day, we will present the project Food Forests in the Cerrado executed by Agricultural Cooperative of Family Producers of Niquelândia - FamilyFamily and with support from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

*THE Family Cooperation started its activities in 2003 with the objective of enhancing production and making commercialization possible for family farmers of Niquelândia, Goiás. In view of the potential for fruit growing in this region and with the objective of promoting family production, the Food Forests in the Cerrado Project, based on technology, emerges. MAES & #8211; Successive AgroEcological Modules & #8211; of agroforestry production with a gender focus, with the objective of developing the agroecology productive chain in the region of Niquelândia, reconciling environmental conservation with agroforestry production.

*The project Food Forests in the Cerrado seeks, through a set of articulated activities, to recognize the leading role of the woman in the rural dynamics stimulating their recognition as political actors in the construction of the agroecological conception biodiversity, through the dissemination of the system MAES. Thus, it is expected the involvement of farming families, through the revaluation of the productive and reproductive attributions of men and women, promoting the strengthening of local social and environmental capital, triggering the sustainable rural development of the region. Cerrado. In this sense, the project will work to disseminate the MAES methodology to encourage agroforestry as a production model; offer farmers' families in rural settlements / communities the conditions to start food production in agroecological systems and to promote courses and workshops in Agroecology (Successional Agroforestry Systems) and market access for rural families in the region, prioritizing the practice of social methods and technologies and the exchange of experiences among family farmers.

Follow this project and many others in page of CEPF Cerrado!

 

* Text provided by CooperagroFamiliar


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Conexsus 2018 Challenge

 

 

The Conexsus Challenge intends to network the economic potential of sustainable community business. The idea is for networks to expand and generate positive socio-environmental impacts, such as territorial resilience and the transition to the low carbon economy.

This initiative aims to mobilize the performance of various actors and connect enterprises, support organizations, market players, financiers and investors in search of shared creative and innovative solutions to strengthen sustainable business ecosystems.

The registration has been extended until July 30 and the challenge seeks producer associations and cooperatives from all over Brazil. Registrations are made through this link. More information on the site: http://desafioconexsus.org/

 

 

Rural communities receive training in rural property management in DF

 

 

The team of Bartô Networkthrough the project “Agroforestry providing ecosystem services”, held in April training in the pre-settlement Rosely Nunes, located in the Pipiripau River basin, northeast region of the Federal District, 55 km from the center of Brasilia (DF).

Thirty community-based men, women, youth and adults participated in the training in Rural Property Management, which aimed to teach the basics of the administration of rural property. & #8220; This training has a continuing character & #8221; reported Rafael Pinzón, project leader. Household monitoring will be maintained throughout the seedling production and planting process, especially throughout production on each family's property. The main topics addressed were home, property and health management, property and food, property and production, property and agroecology, sustainable agriculture, agroecological transition, property management and marketing, and controls for property management.

The training sparked interest in property management from housing management. The working groups suggested improvements to improve the community's quality of life from hygiene in the family environment. Important aspects for property management were also on the agenda, such as the acquisition of inputs and tools, planting, care for crops, harvesting, storage and marketing.

 

Photo: Rede Bartô

 

 

IEB, CEPF and CI / GEF mission visits Cerrado conservation projects in Mato Grosso do Sul

In this month of April, the International Institute of Education of Brazil / CEPF Cerrado received a visit from the CEPF International and Conservation International / GEF for a visit to projects that are already running in the areas of Cerrado of Mato Grosso do Sul.

The projects were approved by CEPF Cerrado First Call 2016 and are executed by Hanaiti Yomo'omo Association (AHY), ECOA, Neotropic Foundation of Brazil and WWF-Brazil and are developing work aimed at restoration, training, territorial management, public policy, protected areas and agroecology.

THE AHY and the ECOA They work with the strengthening of communities, the first seeking the inclusion of indigenous people and the second with rural settlers, by adding value and generating income through the Cerrado's agricultural and agro-extractive products. In addition, ECOA is following a vegetation restoration process started in 2016 in 15 areas (totaling approximately 22 ha). THE Neotropic Foundation of Brazil and WWF-Brazil seek to strengthen CONDEMAs to support local decisions that contribute to the conservation of the Cerrado and to the achievement of global biodiversity conservation goals. In addition, WWF-Brazil aims to promote participatory municipal land use planning and develop community-based programs for ecological restoration.

Know the details of each project in the site of CEPF Cerrado.

Quilombola Territory in Corguinho, MS.
Seedling nursery in the Aldeia Brejão indigenous community in Nioaque, MS.
Cerrado areas under restoration in Miranda, MS. Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection
Teams from IEB, CEPF, CI, ECOA, Neotropic Foundation of Brazil and WWF-Brazil.

Photos: Aryanne Amaral / IEB

SEMA Bahia launches publication of good agricultural practices for the Cerrado

The State Secretariat of the Environment (SEMA) of the state of Bahia launched the publication & #8220; How to Grow Food by Planting Forests - Stories of People, Forests, and Gardens fruit of the Cerrado Project, which takes place in partnership between the State Government, the Ministry of the Environment and the World Bank, operating in 11 municipalities in western Bahia.

The publication presents examples of Cerrado farmers who have changed their relationship with the ways of producing, showing that it is possible to grow food in collaboration with nature, using agroecological practices and agroforestry systems, without the use of pesticides, with green manure, a consortium between species, use of creole seeds and native plants, consistent with nature's cycles. The objective is to socialize information among farmers, territorial agents, technicians of Technical Assistance and Rural Extension (ATER), teachers and public servants of the municipalities of Western Bahia contemplated by the Cerrado Program.

More information on site from SEMA.

 

 

 

Rural communities receive training through project supported by CEPF Cerrado

On February 23 and 24 (2018), the staff of the Bartô Networkthrough the project & #8220; Agroforestry Providing Ecosystem Services & #8221; conducted training in rural communities in the Pipiripau River basin, located in the northeast of the Federal District, 55 km from the center of Brasília (DF).

The new rural settlers of the Agrarian Reform, Roseli Nunes community, received training focused on the importance of collective work, where they were presented notions about the bases of associativism and cooperativism. THE Oziel Alves community had the training focused on presentation of the new Forest Code, where the importance of Permanent Preservation Areas, Legal Reserve, Rural Environmental Registry and Cerrado restoration were emphasized. In all, the training involved 44 people with an average age between 18 and 60 years.

The next steps of the project foresee the conservation of Cerrado areas within the farmers' lot through natural regeneration and planting of seedlings; the maintenance of the legal reserve community areas through a continuous campaign of environmental education and seedling enrichment and the implementation of agroforestry.

The project & #8220; Agroforestry Providing Ecosystem Services & #8221; It is supported by CEPF Cerrado and has as its main objective the beneficiation of family farming communities that are in the Cerrado biome and the RIDE Brasilia, which are part of a key area for biodiversity in Central Brazil. More information about the project at site from CEPF Cerrado.

 

Training conducted by Rede Bartô in rural communities located around Brasilia (DF). Photos: © Aryanne Amaral