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.