Initiative of the Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK), Tiradentes Institute (IE) and CEPF Cerrado / IEB, the beekeeping course moved 16 young quilombolas Kalunga, from October 26 to 30, in the city of Niquelândia, in Goiás
by Luana Luizy, Communication Officer, International Education Institute of Brazil
The search for a agroextractive economy diversified led to the idea of carrying out this training, since the quilombolas Kalunga they are suffering impacts from the pandemic, as one of the main ways of generating income for quilombolas is tourism in the region.
The course left as result the construction of eight apiaries with small honey extraction units. The initiative sought to generate autonomy for quilombolas, who are in isolated areas and difficult to access to the community, where electricity, until today, does not exist.
“Honey is a product that you can keep for up to two years; it cannot be refrigerated, otherwise it will spoil. This project came to serve communities abandoned by the government ”explains Manoel Júnior, from the Tiradentes Institute.
Training - which seeks to train young multipliers - destined 50% of vacancies for women, prioritizing gender equity, as a way to promote income autonomy for this group. Sirleia Torres, 28, says that training is very important for her to find financial opportunities.
“Now I am going to expand my possibilities in the job market. Every day I learn more about beekeeping; it's been an incredible experience ”, says the young quilombola.
“Gender inequality is a reality within these communities. It is the woman who organizes the house and the plantations, but the income remains with the men. So, this course prioritizes that they can have more autonomy ”, says Manuel.
About the Quilombo Kalunga Association and CEPF Cerrado
The Quilombo Kalunga Association is a civil organization, with no economic purpose, founded in October 1999. It represents the largest quilombo territory in Brazil, with 262 thousand hectares of land. AQK defends the interests of residents of the Kalunga Historical Site and Cultural Heritage (SHPCK), which covers the municipalities of Goiás, Cavalcante, Monte Alegre de Goiás and Teresina de Goiás.
The project, promoted by Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF Cerrado) and with support from International Institute of Education of Brazil, aims to get to know the reality of the Kalunga communities in depth, use geoprocessing technology to map the territory in detail, promote the occupation of the SHPCK in a more sustainable way and make the Kalunga internationally recognized as defenders of biodiversity conservation.
Learn more about AQK: http://quilombokalunga.org.br/PKS/?page_id=27
Learn more about the Tiradentes Educational Institute: https://institutotiradentes.com.br/
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.