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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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.