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Agroforestry task forces: producing food without poison regenerating the agro-ecosystem and including young people and women in paid work.

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  • Small NGO (under 50 employees)

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CEAGRO has contributed to the articulation of the Cantuquiriguaçu Intercooperation and Agroecology Network, or simply the Cantuquiriguaçu Network. This Network is made up of 37 farmer, research and extension organizations, especially the Federal University of Southern Frontier (UFFS), which work with the themes Agroecology, Cooperation and Management, Gender and Youth. Its organicity is based on families that come together in grassroots groups. These grassroots groups form territorial organizations: from Agroecology or Peasant Fight Center (94 families and 23 groups); of Youth the Regional Youth Collective (29 families and 12 groups) and; Women's Regional Collective (39 families and 15 groups). In addition to these subjects, a Quilombola group and 2 indigenous groups joined the Network.

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How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 10+ years

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Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?


What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Its official constitution as an association dates from the year 1997 and over these 22 years of history, has been working in the construction of the Familiar Agriculture, developing education, training, technical assistance, research and technological training activities with smallholder peasant communities and settlements of the Agrarian Reform.

CEAGRO has permanent operations in most of the municipalities of the Cantuquiriguaçu Citizenship Territory, consisting of 20 municipalities in the state of Paraná, southern Brazil, and specific activities in other regions of the state and the country. He has accumulated experience in the creation and management of more than 60 projects involving sustainable rural development. organized from four strategic and transversal axes: i) Agroecology; ii) Cooperation and Management; iii) gender and; iv) Youth.

It has three spaces to develop its activities: (i) Pasture-based milk production and research unit in the PRV (Voisin Rational Pasture) system in the municipality of Cantagalo; (ii) Laranjeiras do Sul Unit where the office that supports the management team and the field technical team is located; (iii) Vila Velha Unit, which is an Agroecology Experimentation and Training Unit, located in Rio Bonito do Iguaçu / PR, the latter being defined as a priority space for CEAGRO's activities at the present time.

This entire structure receives seasonal courses, theoretical and practical on various topics related to sustainable rural development.

The CEAGRO plays an important role in the development of the territory by encouraging it between social enterprises among themselves and with society. 

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

The word “paranã” has its origin in Guarani (indigenous
ethnicity), which means “pa'ra” =sea and “nã”=similar, that is, the description of the sea in the view of the Indians as a large river. They also used the term to describe the place from which the sea can be seen. The word suffered Portuguese influence and the spelling Paraná was used. In addition to Indigenous, European immigrants (Italian, Ucranian, Portugueses) came from different places to inhabit Paraná, therefore, this diversity marks the culture of Paraná.

Humble, simple people who like to live in the countryside and cultivate friendly relationships. The population of Rio Bonito do Iguaçu is exactly like that.

Another feature of the region is its intense historical process of land reform. This situation means that there is a significant contingent of peasants and land reform settlements in the territory, for example, in the region where there is the largest land reform complex in Latin America (in continuous area and in number of families), located in the municipalities of Rio Bonito do Iguaçu and Quedas do Iguaçu, is formed by about 8 thousand families settled and camped. There are also traditional communities in the region, such as Quilombolas and Indigenous Lands (Guaranis and Kaingangs).

This reality is located in the south central region of the state of Paraná, more precisely in the Cantuquiriguaçu Territory. This region has low socioeconomic indices, with the second lowest HDI (Human Development Index) in the state of Paraná. Unfortunately the economic cycles that have developed over the years in this region have benefited only the owners, and have impoverished the population.

The history of Rio Bonito do Iguaçu is similar to the other municipalities in west of Paraná, starting with the wood cycle, followed by the agriculture and, finally, industrialization. It is a great grain producer, especially soy and corn, also with livestock activity.

The environmental situation is also alarming, 62% of the site soils are considered unfit because presents high risk of erosion. The original vegetation is the Atlantic Forest, a forest biome marked by one of the largest biological and cultural diversity on the planet, which has historically being eliminated. The forest area of Paraná, in the year 1890, occupied 83.41% of the total area of the state. In 1990, this number was reduced to 5.2%, ie a loss of 78.21% of vegetation cover in approximately 100 years.

 The region's climate is classified as Cfb, - climate tempered, with gloves well distributed throughout the year and temperate summer, according to Koeppen classification, with average annual temperature between 18 and 19 ° C and precipitation 1800 to 2000 mm / year. We are above a regular soil of fertility, a basaltic spill of volcanic origin, and above one of the largest underground reserves of fresh water, the Guarani aquifer and next to biggest Hydroelectric Plant, Itaipu.

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)


What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

The challenges are not few, but they are all at our fingertips. Climate change, loss of plant and animal biodiversity, water pollution, loss of soil, chronic diseases, obesity, increased stress and levels of depression. Everything on earth is sick: consumer, producer, soil, water, air. The challenges are serious, but the good news is that they are a consequence of human actions, therefore liable to be reversed.

And more and more nations are becoming aware, he said, given the global efforts to reduce the damage. Brazil has continental dimensions and its economy has a significant part resulting from agriculture, one of the activities that most contributes to the worsening of climatic conditions, therefore Brazil should be the example for the planet of preservation and rational use of natural resources.

The Brazilian market has increasingly demanded safe, healthy and less industrialized foods as a way to combat diseases and consumption of medicines. Farmers also no longer want to deal with the application of poisons or have to pay high-interest loans to purchase individual inputs and machinery. Still, the small farmer has great difficulties in maintaining himself in the market at competitive prices when compared to large producers and companies, needing this differential, the production of food with low ecological footprint.
Brazil has great animal and plant biodiversity and a favorable climate that facilitates the establishment of natural processes for carrying out the nutrient cycle, that is, we have many advantages that favor the establishment of sustainable production systems.

Our vision is in a future without risk of extinction of natural resources, without hunger, without diseases and rich in biodiversity and culture, with the reconnection of the human being with nature because we are part of it and depend on it to produce our lives.
Agroforestry represents today the maximum sustainability in the production of food without the use of pesticides, provision of ecosystem services such as temperature regulation, air quality, soils and water, and still maintains the genetic variability of different animal and plant species.

We do need productive agricultural systems, but science must be committed to rational and sustainable development and agroforestry is our proposal for a solution to the challenges presented by reality.
Agroforestry is not new, but it needs to be enhanced, resumed, since conventional agriculture with its input packages has erased the connection with the land from the farmers' memory. There are successful examples of agroforestry around the world, not exclusive to Brazil, but due to our edaphoclimatic conditions we can contribute to the establishment of new areas.

Agroforestry is what we want for the future. And the future has already begun.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Our vision is an ambicious vision. Change the logic the people see and thinking about the naturre. Everybody feel the changes on clima but this changes are just  results of the deciosions based political, economic, tecnology e culturais. Never enviroment deciosions or thinking about what the human beins are consuming. therefore, when we porpose a new food system this new concept are develop since the farms until the urban schools.

To make changes we need stimulates all. We need develop a profitable bussines, but also non agressive, we need make sure that the people can consume our prodution to live better, and to do this, we need low prices.
To make the people consumo our clean prodution, without poison, the people need to lear the real value of each food.

Our actions are conected with all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, and will directly contribute to the implementation of the following SDGs:
-The eradication of poverty in the second poorest region in the state of Paraná through sustainable agriculture, which will contribute to ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition;
- Ensure, through affirmative actions, gender equity and the empowerment of women, also contributing to increased access to education;
-Promote sustainable water management;
-Expand access to work; inclusive and sustainable economic growth;
- Ensure sustainable production and consumption patterns through the productive conversion of areas;
- Make human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable;

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Based on technical assistance in agroecological agriculture and the strengthening of the Reference Center for Agroecological Studies and Practices at CEAGRO Vila Velha, in the municipality of Rio Bonito de Iguaçu / PR / BR, there will be economic, social and environmental results.

The economic results are evidenced by the increase in the offer of agricultural and agroecological products in the local, regional and national markets, added value in the products, increased family income, greater circulation of capital in the city's internal consumption, heating of the local economy, reduction of clear indebtedness, increase in revenues from the sale of agricultural products.

Social results are objective and subjective, such as: increase in automatic estimation, increase in health and body care, change in habits and changes, changes in eating habits, conscious consumption, proximity between producer and consumer, proximity between countryside and city , approximation between groups of producers, strengthening of associations and cooperatives, increased participation of women in the leadership of processes and businesses, estimation for the permanence of youth and succession of enterprises, reduction of masculinization and of the rural population, feeling of satisfaction with work, personal fulfillment, combating poverty, social exclusion and prejudice.

Finally, environmental results will be seen with the number of native trees planted, increased carbon uptake, reduced deforestation, optimization and rationalization of the use of natural resources, recovery of water sources, protection of plant and animal species in extinction, diffusion of low energy cost technologies, reducing the ecological footprint of food production, reducing the use of pesticides, reducing consumption of inputs external to the property and, therefore, we are not on the path of maintaining a green belt for agroecological production in the state pesticides in Brazil.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

This Vision is important because it aims to address socio-environmental issues such as carbon sequestration, the relationship between human beings - nature, socio-environmental justice and the use and conservation of water in a multidimensional and interconnected way. As the processing of SAF's production is valued, food sovereignty and household income are increased. As a consequence, the motivation to manage and expand the SAF’s area also increases. In addition, new families are entering the process, thus increasing carbon sequestration.

In conjunction with the multidimensional approach, the following points can be cited as relevant in this Vision:

1. Promotion of SAF's Reference groups: SAF's reference groups will be promoted, (half of which will be managed by young people and women) which aim to serve as spaces of hope for the rest of the society;
2. Valorization of Native Fruits through conservation through use: To assist in the improvement of SAF's products, especially native fruits, investing in processing kits will be invested that professionalize the commercialization, add value to the product and make it attractive to the consumer;
3. Potentialize water conservation by increasing the forest-water ratio: Through the implementation of alternative water treatment systems and source protections, as well as the conservation of 250 hectares of riparian forests, it is expected to foster the relationship between forest-water, thereby contributing to reducing the impacts caused by effluents and improving access to good quality water by humans;
4. Conducting interdisciplinary research based on the knowledge dialogue: due to the multidisciplinary nature of the team that will work on the project and its profile that recognizes the importance of non-scientific knowledge, research based on the principles of knowledge dialogue and interdisciplinarity will be carried out, as it believes it is said that such epistemological positions are able to better solve socio-environmental issues.
5. Creation of a teaching-learning environment based on the communication of the project's actions: Actions such as making short films, folders, visual identity and setting up a website allowed the creation of a teaching and learning environment of the central themes of the project with the public of this project. project.
6. Promote gender equity through women's empowerment: through teaching-learning processes with 217 women from 10 women's reference groups that reach other 422 women from the other groups about planting and handling SAFs, processing, communication and research, it is expected to contribute to women's economic and social autonomy. The permanent gain will be through the consolidation of the Regional School for Women's Empowerment (EREM) and the formation of multiplying agents from workshops with specialized gender advice using the methodology of the reference groups. With this, the entire community will benefit because actions are planned with exclusive moments with women, men and both, in which the community will move forward in a cohesive way about this reality;
7. Promoting youth empowerment: Following the same methodology set out above for working with women, the Regional Youth Empowerment School (EREJ) will also be consolidated, with assistance to 199 young people from 10 reference groups to become multiplying agents in SAF's managed by young people and workshops with the theme of generational equity in all groups of the project, it is expected to contribute to the technical and material empowerment of the youth of the Intercooperation and Agroecology Network of the Cantuquiriguaçu Territory, thus increasing the possibility of such actors remain in the field;
8. Decision making and learning built collectively: As a consequence of the model of training and training of trainers, shared management, procedural evaluations and constant online monitoring, the project will be able to promote in this way the feeling of belonging of the actors involved, as well as their ability to generate results and execute projects that continue the ongoing processes.

This Program is justified by the urgency and need to unite field and city for sustainable rural development. In this alliance, having a reference center, such as the CEAGRO Vila Velha unit, that can build alternatives and socialize knowledge and practice about agroecology, ecotourism and conscious eating is a fundamental aspect. With this, we hope to promote sustainable relationships between humans and nature in the Cantuquiriguaçu Network, such as the production of healthy food at fair prices for both farmers and consumers; conservation and expansion of forests; gender equity; young people and bringing residents closer to the city and the countryside. It should be noted that the consolidation of this reference center will also contribute to CEAGRO's financial autonomy in the medium term, especially through food and seedling production, as well as courses and events.

Thus, the overall objective of the proposed program is: Promoting Sustainable Rural Development through Agroecology, Ecotourism and Conscious Eating in the Cantuquiriguaçu Network. As a main result, it is expected to consolidate a reference area in agroecology, ecotourism and conscious diet that contributes to the dissemination of sustainable rural development to the Brazilian countryside.


The actions exposed in this proposal aim for results that encompass social, environmental and economic aspects in the Cantuquiriguaçu Network. However, it is worth highlighting the following:

  • Consolidation of an experimental unit in agroecology with emphasis on SAF's (Agroforestry System), agroecological garden, agroforestry nursery and processing of agroecological products;
  • Making 20,000 native tree seedlings and 100,000 agro-ecological vegetable seedlings;
  • Construction of 160 multiplying agents on Agroecology, Management and Cooperation, Environmental Health, Women's Empowerment and Youth Empowerment;
  • Qualification of 920 Cantuquiriguaçu Network farmers in Agroecology, Management and Cooperation, Environmental Health, Women's Empowerment and Youth Empowerment;
  • Strengthening of 10 solidary trading channels;
  • Conservation of 250 hectares of Atlantic Forest;
  • Awareness of 2,000 visitors from Vila Velha about Agroecology and Sustainable Rural Development through ecotourism.

Due to the economic limits that reality imposes, even though there is a great synergy between the activities, it can be indicated that three are priority, being:

  • 1. Structure 01 agroforestry nursery, with emphasis on native species;
  • 2. Conduct 01 120-hour course with the theme Agroecology ;
  • 3. Organize an Ecotourism circuit in the Cantuquiriguaçu Network .

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