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Grande Sertão Cooperative publishes reference term to hire specialized technical service

THE Grande Sertão Cooperative has been developing actions around sustainability and agroecology, discussing new concepts, presenting solutions and developing strategies for collaborative action in order to promote the strengthening of agroextractive communities. Among the actions developed there is a continuous process of transferring and building knowledge with training practices in associativism and cooperativism, good production practices and development of food products with fruits of the Cerrado, in addition to seeking to strengthen the management and conservation of rural territories where sustainable agroextractivism.

Thus, productive chains of Cerrado fruits have been organized, built and strengthened, as an example: the buriti (Mauritania flexuosa) that occurs in paths with plenty of water, it has been used in a sustainable way for the production of pulps and oil extraction; The pequi (Caryocar brasiliense) used for the production of flour, pulp and oil; The coquinho-sour (Butia captata) used for the production of frozen pulp, beers and sweets; The baru (Dipteryx alata), which in addition to consumption in natura, is being tested for the production of oils and other potential products, which are under development. The Cooperative continues to seek ways to expand its work to new communities and municipalities in the north of Minas Gerais, with a focus on strengthening local economies and promoting the conservation of ecosystems.

In this sense, the Grande Sertão Cooperative makes public the term of reference for hiring a specialized technical service to support technical assistance, aiming at the standardization and continuous improvement of the nutritional and sanitary quality of the products of the Cerrado that are collected, processed and commercialized by the Cooperative. The objective is to enhance the sustainable use of native Cerrado fruits and strengthen the economies of agroextractive communities, aiming at the best practices of management and conservation of the hot spot Cerrado and the corridor Grande Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu within the project “Grande Sertão - Extraction, Conservation and Income”.

Professionals interested in performing the services presented will have until the day July 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm, to send via e-mail your proposals, together with the requested documentation as described in Reference term.

For more information, contact:

José Fábio Soares

telephone: (38) 3223-2285

email: cooperativagrandesertao@gmail.com

 

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On Biodiversity Day, women from the Cerrado debate ways of life and resistance in the territories

Transmission is part of the series of lives '' Chats: Knowledge of the peoples of the Cerrado and Biodiversity ''

On May 22, the date that marks International Biodiversity Day, the National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado starts the series of virtual broadcasts '' Chats: Knowledge of the Cerrado Peoples and Biodiversity '', carried out in partnership with the Observatory of the Ruralists. The debut episode will be broadcast on 4 PM and will present the theme ''The strength of the women of the Cerrado: roots and breakers'', with the participation of representatives of entities and movements that integrate different fronts of the struggle for rights in Cerrado territories.

The first episode of the series will shed light on the ways of life and the forms of resistance of women who break coconut babassu and the roots of the Cerrado. Aparecida Vieira and the quilombola Lucely Morais, masters in Traditional Knowledge from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and University of Brasília (UnB), respectively, will represent the roots in the dialogue wheel. Both are part of the coordination of Articulação Pacari, a socio-environmental network formed by community organizations that practice traditional medicine through the sustainable use of the Cerrado's biodiversity.

The team of coco-babaçu breakers will have the participation of Socorro Teixeira, from Tocantins, president of Rede Cerrado and part of the Coordination of the Interstate Movement of Coco-babaçu Breakers (MIQCB), and Helena Gomes, from Piauí, vice coordinator of the MIQCB. Maria Emília Pacheco, from FASE and the National Articulation of Agroecology (ANA), will join the chat as a debater along with Valéria Santos, from the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) and the executive coordination of the National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado, which will facilitate the dialog wheel.

Guardians and guardians of traditional knowledge

The peoples of the Cerrado are heirs and operationalize ancestral and traditional knowledge that have guided the management of forests and landscapes for many generations, making this rich savannah one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. “If there is still a Cerrado standing, it is because these peoples have their feet on the ground of the Cerrado. That is why there is no defense of the Cerrado without the defense of the Cerrado territories, where these peoples conserve biodiversity through their ways of life '', says Valéria Santos, executive coordinator of the National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado.

The widespread use of the coconut babassu palm by the breakers from Maranhão to Mato Grosso (passing through Pará, Piauí, Tocantins and reaching Chiquitania in Bolivia) depends on a set of knowledge passed on among women over many generations. Through these multiple uses, & #8220; mother-palm & #8221 ;, as the breakers say, brings food and sustenance to thousands of families in our Cerrado.

Despite this, breakers often have to fight against large landowners who want to cut down palm trees and prevent them from accessing babassu trees. All of this led them to organize themselves in the MIQCB to achieve & #8220; release the coconut & #8221; and become stronger in production and marketing.

Monkey pepper, Cerrado tree for economic and traditional use. Photo: © Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection

Another traditional knowledge of the peoples of the Cerrado is the use of medicinal plants that make up the & #8220; Pharmacopoeia Popular do Cerrado & #8221 ;. The roots and roots are recognized in their communities by the practice of different healing trades from the application of varieties of plants, roots, fruits, clays and their preparations. "The criminalization and depreciation of the biocultural importance of these practices led the roots to organize themselves in the Pacari Articulation and to launch the Biocultural Protocol of Raizeiras do Cerrado, seeking to defend their right to practice traditional medicine," says Valéria.

In addition, the lack of recognition of the importance of their practices for the cultural and biological diversity of the Cerrado was not enough, the breakers and the rootstocks have still faced the threat of a new type of theft and encircling: the appropriation by companies of the genetic heritage of which they are guardians .

Programming

The series of chats '' Knowledge of the Peoples of the Cerrado and Biodiversity '' will transmit dialogues focused on the populations that promote the conservation of the Cerrado's biodiversity: indigenous, quilombolas and the traditional peoples and communities of the region. With two episodes scheduled per month, the series will run until August.

In this moment of pandemic due to the coronavirus, Aparecida Vieira highlights the importance of the initiative to make the work of women in rural areas visible in the territories. '' We need to announce that the work of women guardians of traditional knowledge has not been interrupted in this moment in which we live. On the contrary, it is fundamental work for the health of communities '', highlights the root girl.

CEPF Cerrado and the National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado

The National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado visits Traditional Communities and Peoples in the Mirador-Tables Corridor, located in the states of Maranhão, Piauí and Tocantins, through the Project ''Network articulation and social participation for the conservation of the Cerrado' ', which is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), with the coordination of the ActionAid Brasil. With a focus on enhancing the ways of life of Traditional Peoples and Communities and in strengthening social participation actions and the fight for territorial rights of these groups, the research seeks to subsidize the performance of the Campaign, its member organizations and the populations living in the Cerrado.

 

Service:

Virtual debate '' The strength of the women of the Cerrado: roots and breakers ''

Date / time: May 22, at 4 pm (Brasília time)

Transmission channel: www.facebook.com/campanhacerrado

Realization: National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado

Partnership: Observatório De Olho nos Ruralistas

 

Press Contact:

Bruno Santiago

comunicacerrado@gmail.com

+55 011 99985 0378


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Family farmers launch virtual store with products from the Cerrado and Caatinga biomes

Central do Cerrado's e-commerce brings together more than 30 associations and cooperatives from different parts of the country

Pequi extraction (Caryocar brasiliense), Community of Pedras, Januária, MG. Photo: Andre Dib

Baru, jatobá, pequi, umbu. Regional ingredients that symbolize the biodiversity found in Brazilian flavors. The Cerrado and Caatinga harvest inspires farmers living in these territories - in the states of Minas Gerais, Federal District, Tocantins, Bahia, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Maranhão, Pará and Goiás - to benefit food products and produce handicrafts with cultural wealth that guarantees autonomy and income.

Communities of extractive family farmers lead this work, which rarely occupy supermarket shelves. Together they form the Central do Cerrado: a cooperative formed by more than 30 community organizations (between cooperatives and associations) and acts as a bridge between those who produce and those who consume. In times of strengthening the delivery service, the Central opens a new platform where the internet user from anywhere in the country finds more than 200 items and can receive them without leaving home.

“With the situation of COVID19 and social isolation, many of these communities had their production outlets compromised. Sale through the online store is a way to sell products from these communities and guarantee income for agroextractive families. Commercialization helps to keep the Cerrado and Caatinga standing, conserve native biodiversity, encourages staying in the countryside, values local culture and the traditional way of life ”, emphasizes the executive secretary of the Central do Cerrado, Luis Roberto Carrazza.

The agroindustries of the producer communities of the Central do Cerrado operate observing the basic care of social distance, use of masks, extra care for personal hygiene, sterilization of the structures of equipment and supplies: details also observed by the staff of the Central do Cerrado in the preparation and shipping online store orders.

Pequi chestnuts (Cooperuaçu). Photo: Marcus Desimoni / NITRO

Socio-biodiversity products 

Among the purchase options are foods such as special flours with emphasis on the babassu mesocarp (500g, R$ 15) from the Cooperative of Small Agroextractive Producers of Esperantinópolis (Coopaesp) of the traditional community of quebradeiras, in Esperantinópolis, in Maranhão; the buriti flour (1 kg, R$ 50) from the cooperative Grande Sertão de Montes Claros, Northern Minas Gerais - in addition to the non-transgenic corn flake (500g, R$ 7) (raw material for northeastern couscous) from the Agricultural Cooperative Regional Joint of Irecê (Copirecê), of Irecê, in Bahia.

Brazilian chestnuts are also highlighted on the new website, among them the chestnut-of-baru of the Copabase cooperative (300g, R$35), super protein and energetic, one of the great icons of the Cerrado. Little used by chefs, the chestnut-of-pequi (100g, R$15) is also among the oilseeds offered by the Cerrado Central side by side with roasted licuri almonds (100g, R$7), from the Production Cooperative of the Piedmont Region from Diamantina (Coopes), also called coquinho in Bahia and rich in proteins. In the drinks category, the page features the pequi liqueur from the family brand Savana Brasil (700ml, R$70) and the sour coconut fruit beer (600ml, R$ 25) from the Grande Sertão cooperative, in Montes Claros, Minas Gerais.

Baru nut (Copabase). Photo: Raimundo Sampaio / Cajuí Digital Communication Collection

In addition to the products, the Internet user finds information about the social origin of the producing communities and the territorial origin. Among the contents of the platform are recipes, technical sheets and usage tips.

Learn more about Central do Cerrado

The Central do Cerrado is a cooperative formed by several community organizations of family farmers from the Cerrado and Caatinga. Our mission is to maintain the traditional ways of life and conservation of the territories where these peoples live by selling products developed through the sustainable use of native biodiversity.

Service
Launch of the Central do Cerrado virtual store

Day 15/05 (Friday)
Ecosocial Products from the Cerrado and Caatinga

Deliveries all over Brazil
www.centraldocerrado.org.br

 Press contact: cajui@cajuicomunicacaodigital.com.br


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WWF-Brasil launches the publication & #8220; Cerrado, promoting socio-biodiversity & #8221; with support from CEPF Cerrado and Instituto Humanize

via WWF-Brasil

The Cerrado it lives a critical moment because, currently, it is the most deforested biome in Brazil. In six months, from October / 2018 to March / 2019, it lost 47,700 hectares, almost double the area suppressed in the Amazon, for example, according to data from MapBiomas.

Of the more than 2 million square kilometers of original Cerrado vegetation, less than half remains. So the Mosaic Sertão Veredas Peruaçu, with its 63% percentage of conserved natural vegetation, represents a fundamental area to guarantee the integrity and conservation of the remaining Cerrado areas: practically an oasis in Brazil.

Extraction of sour coconut (Butia capitata) & #8211; Community of Onça, Januária, MG. © Andre Dib / WWF-Brasil Collection

Machete free download publication and learn how WWF-Brazil, with the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF - acronym of the English version for Critical Ecossystem Partnership Fund) and the Humanize Institute, is working to conserve the biome and its socio-biodiversity.

WWF-Brasil carried out the project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic, which aimed to act in the integration and strengthening of the management of the Mosaic's specially protected areas. This project was supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

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COPABASE launches series of booklets aimed at family farmers

THE Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on Solidarity Economy & #8211; COPABASE, founded on February 23, 2008, in the city of Arinos / MG is a promoter in the articulation of actions focused on Sustainable Regional Development and that saw in the structuring of interest groups in several agroextractive productive chains, the need for organization and autonomy of the families of family farmers and extractivists in a legal instrument capable of acting not only in the organization of production, but also in guaranteeing the processing and commercialization of the products that emerge, maintaining the principle of sustainability.

Through the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), COPABASE has been executing the project Sustainable production practices as promoters of biodiversity conservation in the Urucuiano Sertão, whose objective is to promote the diversification of production agroextractive with sustainable management through the collective structuring of families in the Urucuia River basin region, one of the main tributaries of the São Francisco River. Throughout its activities, the project has already disseminated sustainable technologies and practices for agroextractive production, food security and socioeconomic organization and has developed biodiversity conservation actions in the Cerrado Urucuiano, through the involvement of rural families and a network of partner organizations. One of the products of this dissemination work was the booklets, which deal with themes such as: agroecology, cooperatives, water, pests and diseases, etc. All this material will be distributed to family farmers in the areas where the project operates.

Until then, through technical assistance and visits made by the team, the project collected various data, georeferenced the properties and reached an area of coverage that adds up to 2,500 ha. In December 2019, the communities involved went from 20 to 52, involving extractivist farmers 10 cities around the cooperative.

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Baru productive chain - good, clean and fair

by Luana Campos, via ECOA

Typical Cerrado chestnut, the baru (Dipteryx alata) has been gaining more and more space inside and outside the country with high added value. This is because, in addition to the great taste and its proven health benefits, the fruit of baruzeiro has a strong socio-environmental component.

1st Baru Fair Trade and Solidarity Workshop at the IX Cerrado Peoples Meeting and Fair, Brasília, DF. Photo: ©Cajuí Communication Collection

The subject was addressed in “1st Baru Chain Fair and Solidarity Workshop”, during the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People. Organized by Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on the Solidarity Economy (Copabase), the workshop was funded by the Cerrado Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and support from ECOA, Rede Cerrado, International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), among other institutions.

In the Cerrado, baru extractivism has promoted income generation, autonomy and the recovery of the self-esteem of extractive family farmers. A virtuous process that helps to settle families and young people in the countryside, contributing directly to the conservation of the biome.

For the extractivist and director of Cerrado Production, Research and Training Center (Ceppec)Rosana Sampaio, “communities are for two reasons working with baru: one is the main one, the conservation of these species, this way of life, the preservation of the place where we live. Because we want to leave our children a balanced environment, and we fight for it. And the other is that we need to foster to stay there, we need to generate income ”.

Read the full article on site from ECOA!

Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor Project

The Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor project: filling social and environmental gaps, which was executed by ECOA and was supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), was closed this year and aimed to assist the revegetation and conservation of the Cerrado, through the strengthening of non-timber extraction by communities and settlers of Mato Grosso do Sul.

With the proposal to optimize the forest restoration process started in 2016 in three rural settlements; will improve Cerrado fruit collection management, like baru and bocaiúva and sensitize the market, promoting enhancement of by-products of native fruits of the Cerrado, the project achieved important impacts for the region.

In the end, the project expanded 1 of the 22.95 hectares of Mato Grosso do Sul Cerrado which were surrounded in 2016 with support from another project. This area is being restored, restoring the native vegetation and the recovery of 03 springs / streams: Madalena Stream and Lima Stream, in the Andalucia Settlement, Nioaque; and Agachi Stream, Bandeirantes Settlement, Miranda. In the area were also recorded the return of presence of native fauna, like a raccoon or a mangrove dog and a tuiiu. In addition to this restoration process, the project team worked to promote the production of seedlings of native species of the Cerrado, made by settlers, in their own lots, giving them access to the seedlings, which are hardly found for sale in public or private nurseries in the state. By the end of the project were produced 100 seedlings of baru, which were intended for planting in the fenced areas. Fifty guavira seedlings were also produced, in the early stages, 50 jatoba seedlings, and the project ended with the murici seeds, which will be sown later this year.


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Documentary #8220; The Cerrado is a Piece of Me #8221;

via WWF-Brasil

The production and collection of native fruits of the Cerrado allow the conservation of the biome that has already lost 50% from the original area, as it keeps the native trees standing and curbs the deforestation of the area.

Since 2010, WWF-Brasil has encouraged the agroextractivism and the formation of cooperatives as an alternative to protecting the Cerrado. THE sustainable plant extractivism It generates income and quality of life for local communities, favoring the permanence of traditional peoples in rural areas and reducing rural-city migration.

Watch to the documentary & #8220; The Cerrado is a Piece of Me & #8221; and get to know stories of people who make it happen and honor this exclusively Brazilian biome.

With the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), WWF-Brasil executes the project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaicwhat Its purpose is to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic. One of the actions that has been developed in the project is the implementation of the strategy of strengthening community enterprises in the territory, focusing on the productive chain of sustainable extraction of native Cerrado flora.


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.

 

 

Workshop on production and marketing of agro-extractive products from the Cerrado

The project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaicwhich is performed by WWF-Brazil and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), Its purpose is to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic.

In order to underline the importance of sustainable extraction of sociobiodiversity Cerrado, a traditional practice already widespread in the biome and one of the main alternatives to maintain “Cerrado standing”, WWF-Brazil in partnership with the Society, Population and Nature Institute (ISPN), Central Cooperative of the Cerrado, with support from CEPF Cerrado and International Institute of Education of Brazil, will hold the Cerrado Socio-Biodiversity Products Production and Marketing Workshop.

THE workshop aims to identify and give visibility to the contributions of different approaches to the development of Cerrado productive chains, in order to overcome challenges and articulate with the public authorities, besides starting a process of reflection, knowledge exchange and learning in the aspects related to “Production and Marketing” of agro-extractive products. The workshop will also be a space for organizing discussion forums for integration with the programming of the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People.

 

Contacts:

kolbesantos@wwf.org.br

luis@centraldocerrado.org.br

rodrigo@ispn.org.br


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The fruits of the Cerrado available in São Paulo

By Renata Andrada Peña via WWF-Brasil

From now on, cassava flour, sesame, monkey pepper, indaiá coconut flour and two varieties of pestle rice are now part of the set of products regularly offered in the biomes box, opened in 2016 at the Pinheiros Municipal Market, in Sao Paulo. They combine with baru nuts, saffron, jatoba flour, honey, jabuticaba jelly and pequi, among others. Cerrado delights also available for sale in the state capital.

The news has just been released by Kalunga families (Brazil's largest Quilombola territory, located in Goiás, in the Chapada dos Veadeiros region), The Atá Institute and the Cerrado Central, with the support of WWF-Brazil, the Banco do Brasil Foundation and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). All new products are the result of cultivation and agro-extractivism in the Cerrado and are part of the gastronomic culture of traditional quilombola peoples.

The products are marketed by Cerrado Central, a nonprofit cooperative center established in Brasilia and composed of 35 community organizations from seven Brazilian states (MA, TO, PA, MG, MS, MT and GO) that develop productive activities based on the sustainable use of the biome's biodiversity. The Cerrado has the potential to harness more than 200 different kinds of native plants, according to research from the University of Brasilia (UnB).

Buriti

According to Luis Carraza, coordinator of the Cerrado Central, this partnership with WWF-Brasil was very important and served to strengthen and expand the production and marketing of native Cerrado products. “Through this support, specific work has been done with our affiliated organizations to prioritize some of the Cerrado fruit production chains such as pequi, baru and jatobá, in order to guarantee production stocks that can supply the consumer market. which is increasing considerably each year, ”says Carraza.

In addition to promoting the dissemination and insertion of sustainable use products in local markets, regional and international & #8211; export of pequi to Japan, chestnut from baru to the United States and handicrafts of Golden grass for France & #8211; Cerrado Central is also a center for the dissemination of information, exchange and technical support for communities in improving their production, organizational and management processes.

WWF-Brazil has been supporting the Cerrado Central since 2018 with actions focused on sustainable plant extractivism of the fruits of the biome and in structuring and strengthening the productive chains of native fruits. This project is supported by WWF-France, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and the Humanize Institute.

See the article in site from WWF-Brasil!

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Anyone who wants to be surprised by the delights of the Cerrado should visit the box biomes:
Pedro Cristi Street, 89
Pinheiros Municipal Market
Box of Biomes (BOX 28)
Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm

 

WWF-Brasil executes the project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic, which aims to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic. This project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).


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Project Focus: Buriti - Income Generation for Youth and Women, Conservation of Veredas and Chapadas

Vereda is a type of Cerrado vegetation that is surrounded by typical fields, usually humid, with the presence of palm buriti (Mauritania flexuosa). This type of ecosystem ensures humidity even in dry periods, making it a refuge for fauna and flora.

The project Buriti & #8211; income generation for young people and women, conservation of Veredas and Chapadaswhich is run by Family Farmers and Agro-Extractives Cooperative Grande Sertão Ltda., and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB) It works in the conservation of the Veredas, through the generation of work and income with the traditional peoples and communities of northern Minas Gerais, especially young people and women, who often take the lead in work involving agroextractivism and the processing of products.

Know the history of Zenita farmer and farmer, which owns a property in Brasilia de Minas, northern Minas Gerais. From the age of 10 Zenita has been in contact with the Veredas, buriti and Cerrado, and today, with the knowledge he inherited from his parents, makes the collection of buriti fruits for income generation. The Cooperative Grande Sertão makes use of buriti and other fruits of the Cerrado, which are collected by farmers like Zenita. The cooperative does the logistics process and develops by-products such as oil and flour, among others.

Access the video to know the history of Zenita and the work of Grande Sertão Cooperative in the Cerrado of northern Minas Gerais!

 


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Project in focus: Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor

The Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor project: filling social and environmental gaps, which was executed by ECOA and was supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), was closed in January (2019) and aimed to assist the revegetation and conservation of the Cerrado, through the strengthening of non-timber extraction by communities and settlers of Mato Grosso do Sul.

With the purpose of optimizing the process of forest restoration started in 2016 in three rural settlements; will improve Cerrado fruit collection management, such as baru and bocaiúva and sensitize the market, promoting enhancement of by-products of native fruits of the Cerrado, the project achieved important impacts for the Miranda-Bodoquena corridor region.

In the end, the project expanded 1 of the 22.95 hectares of Mato Grosso do Sul Cerrado which were surrounded in 2016 with support from another project. This area is being restored, restoring the native vegetation and the recovery of 03 springs / streams: Madalena Stream and Lima Stream, in the Andalucia Settlement, Nioaque; and Agachi Stream, Bandeirantes Settlement, Miranda. In the area were also recorded the return of presence of native fauna, like raccoon or mangrove dog it's the tuiiú. In addition to this restoration process, the project team worked to promote the production of seedlings of native species of the Cerrado, made by settlers, in their own lots, giving them access to the seedlings, which are hardly found for sale in public or private nurseries in the state. By the end of the project 100 baru seedlings were produced, which were intended for planting in the fenced areas. Fifty guavira seedlings were also produced, in the early stages, 50 jatoba seedlings, and the project ended with the murici seeds, which will be sown this year.

ECOA staff also implemented the participatory monitoring in the project, through the citizen science tool, where the settlers indicated the fortnightly progress of the reforested areas and offered workshops that worked on the improvement of native fruit handling and processing techniques and the use of Agroforestry Systems properties, as an alternative to conservation and income generation in the settlements. The workshops also contributed to the rearticulation of the chain of local extractivismespecially baru, as well as the fair price debate. This was an opportunity to work to spread the potential of the native fruits of the Cerrado, consolidating product purchase markets. This articulation enabled the generation of alternative income for settled families, as well as the articulation of families from various settlements in the Miranda-Bodoquena corridor, for the collection and marketing of the chestnut itself.

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Also know the actions of ECOA in the Cerrado of Mato Grosso do Sul!

 

Area of 22 ha that has undergone a reforestation process and is being monitored by the project. ECOA Collection
Cerrado areas under restoration in Miranda, MS. Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection
Native fauna in the area under restoration. ECOA Collection
ECOA Collection

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Training in Cerrado seedling production brings together traditional peoples and communities in Mato Grosso do Sul

In November, the community of Aldeia Brejão promoted a practice in Cerrado seedling production, through the project Seedling Nursery for Agroforestry Production in Aldeia Brejão. This project receives support from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

The training workshop involved representatives from the Hanaiti Yomo'omo Association (AHY), the Ecology and Action NGO (ECOA), São Miguel quilombola community, Água Branca Village, Taboquinha Village, Rural Extension Agency, Angelina Vicente Indigenous State School, Municipal School Eugênio de Souza and representatives of the Cerrado Production, Research and Training Center (Ceppec), located in the Andalucia settlement, in Nioaque / MS.

The project Seedling nursery for agroforestry production in Aldeia Brejãowhich runs Hanaiti Yomomo Association (AHY), aims to include indigenous peoples in the community development process, ensuring a sustainable alternative in food security, the use of new social technologies, sustainable use of land and plant species in the Cerrado, as well as adding value and generating income through agricultural and extractivist means. One of the main components of this project is to train community members in agroecological transition and agroforestry systems, as well as in the production of fruits of plant species of the Cerrado. THE Training Workshop for Production of Seedlings of Native Cerrado Species It took place between November 30 and December 1, 2018 and was taught by Dr. Zefa Valdivina Pereira (UNICAMP). According to Alexandro Souza, project manager, & #8220; the two days of workshop were extremely rewarding work days & #8221 ;.

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Seedling Nursery for Agroforestry Production in Aldeia Brejão, Training Workshop for Production of Seedlings of Native Cerrado Species, November 2018.
Seedling Nursery for Agroforestry Production in Aldeia Brejão, Training Workshop for Production of Seedlings of Native Cerrado Species, November 2018.
Seedling Nursery for Agroforestry Production in Aldeia Brejão, Training Workshop for Production of Seedlings of Native Cerrado Species, November 2018.

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.

 

 

 

Projects in focus: Buriti - income generation for youth and women, conservation of Veredas and Chapadas

Photo: © Large Sertão Collection
Photo: © Large Sertão Collection

 

In the month of August Grande Sertão Cooperative, who runs the project Buriti - income generation for youth and women, conservation of Veredas and Chapadas with support from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), made a visit to Belém (PA) in order to consolidate and build new marketing channels for the Cerrado mineiro socio-biodiversity products. The featured product is the buriti oil, which is prepared at the industrial plant of the Cooperative Grande Sertão, in Montes Claros (MG). To this end, the Cooperative has more than 400 families of family farmers and registered extractivists, who supply the pulp of buriti “raspa”, which is used to produce the famous oil, rich in nutrients. The focus of this activity was to visit cosmetic and food companies such as NATURA and BERACA.

This September, the Greater Sertão was visited by a group of technicians from Rio Grande Sul, representing the CETAP & #8211; Popular Alternative Technologies Center. The focus of the exchange was to learn about the experiences developed with the use of sociobiodiversity products. The work developed with communities, farmers, family farmers and extractivists in the productive arrangement of the buriti It was presented as an innovative experience in the region, which made it possible to build a dialogue for the future establishment of a partnership between the institutions. Later this month, the Cooperative Grande Sertão will be in the field with the communities of Peruaçu and Xacriabá Indigenous Land, to evaluate the crop of buriti.

 

* Text provided by the Cooperative Grande Sertão


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.

 

 

 

FENABARU 2018: Second National Baru Party | Full Schedule |

Here comes the Second National Party of Baru (FENABARU 2018) that will take place in the municipality of Arinos, Minas Gerais, August 16-19, 2018. Our partner, Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on Solidarity Economy - COPABASE, is one of the partners of this initiative, which has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB)through the project Sustainable Production Practices as Promoters of Conservation of Biodiversity in the Urucuiano Sertão, which aims to diversify sustainable agroextractive production in the municipalities of Arinos, Riachinho, Bonfinópolis de Minas, Urucuia, Chapada Gaucha, Uruana de Minas, Natalândia and Pintópolis.

 

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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, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

FENABARU 2018: Second National Baru Party

 

Here comes the Second National Party of Baru (FENABARU 2018) that will take place in the municipality of Arinos, Minas Gerais, August 16-19, 2018. Our partner, Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on Solidarity Economy - COPABASE, is one of the partners of this initiative, which has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB)through the project Sustainable Production Practices as Promoters of Conservation of Biodiversity in the Urucuiano Sertão, which aims to diversify sustainable agroextractive production in the municipalities of Arinos, Riachinho, Bonfinópolis de Minas, Urucuia, Chapada Gaucha, Uruana de Minas, Natalândia and Pintópolis.

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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, 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.

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* 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/

 

 

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

 

 

 

Conservation actions promoted by civil society and communities in the Miranda-Bodoquena Priority Corridor

The NGO Ecology and Action (ECOA) started its activities on the project & #8220; Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor: filling socio-environmental gaps& #8221; in regions of the municipalities of Nioaque and Miranda (MS). The project is supported by CEPF Cerrado and aims to assist in the revegetation and conservation of the biome, by strengthening non-timber extraction in the communities and settlements of the Miranda corridor - Bodoquena.

ECOA's technical team together with seated monitors have been monitoring a reforested area of 22 ha, which had the process of restoration started in 2016. In these visits, they identified areas with great potential for natural regeneration, where springs are gradually recovering with the aid of reforestation vegetation.

At the beginning of these first actions in the region, the ECOA team received a positive return from landowners, who were willing to cooperate, which generated a waiting list of people willing to reforest their Permanent Preservation Areas (APPs). Usually, as the team reported, one of the biggest difficulties encountered by reforestation actions is the consent of the owners. In many regions, it is quite difficult to find people who authorize APPs to be closed and replanted.

With these actions, the project foresees that in the medium and long term, the community bases and associations in the settlements will be strengthened by the increase of extractive production, which will be promoted through the planting of species, which benefits the expansion of the areas of conservation of the Cerrado in the Bodoquena corridor - Miranda.

 

Area of 22 ha that has undergone a reforestation process and is being monitored by the Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor project, carried out by Ong Ecologia e Ação (ECOA) and with support from CEPF Cerrado.