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Agroecology for food sovereignty
April 18th, 2017

In what ways is agroecology a means to food sovereignty? In Brazil, claiming land rights was the first step along one group of farmers’ pathway to autonomy. The next was to develop and maintain agroecological practices. To achieve this goal, these farmers never worked alone. Strong self-organisation and long-lasting partnerships enabled them to redesign their … Read moreAgroecology for food sovereignty

Youth and agriculture: Can we combine farming and forest conservation?
September 15th, 2014

Heitor Teixeira asks whether we can combine farming and forest conservation? And working with farmers in Brazil, he thinks that by involving them integrally, we can. The city of Viçosa is located in the Zona da Mata region, Minas Gerais, Brazil, surrounded by mountains and poor soils that favour family farming rather than industrial agriculture. … Read moreYouth and agriculture: Can we combine farming and forest conservation?

Estágio Interdisciplinar de Vivência: Connecting social movements, family farmers and the university
September 25th, 2013

Family farmers play a very important role in Brazil, and not only in terms of food production. Yet, in spite of their enormous contribution, the knowledge that is developed and shared in educational institutes is rarely connected to their traditional knowledge. Most higher education institutions are highly theoretical and often oriented towards large-scale industrial agriculture, … Read moreEstágio Interdisciplinar de Vivência: Connecting social movements, family farmers and the university

Rede Raízes da Mata: Strengthening links between producers and consumers
June 22nd, 2013

As in many other parts of the world, farmers in the Zona da Mata region, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, were encouraged to take up the Green Revolution package. This model also prescribed integration with the international markets. Family farmers, however, have found that this model has not brought the promised benefits. Many … Read moreRede Raízes da Mata: Strengthening links between producers and consumers

Farmers in focus: Together with nature
March 25th, 2013

Geraldo Cândido da Silva, known as Dadin, lives with his wife Cida and their two children as farmers in the mountainous region of Zona da Mata, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The diversity of species on their farm not only benefits the environment but also contributes significantly to the family’s income. Dadin played … Read moreFarmers in focus: Together with nature