Over the next five years, the Latin American organizations of Terra do Futuro will be developing a common program to build sustainable livelihoods in their territories. The theme was approved at the meeting held in Torres, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, based on presentations, group discussions, workshops and visits to agroecological farms between May 22 and 26, 2017.
According to the president of the Institute of Political Ecology
(Chile), Manuel Baquedano, self-sustainable ways of life, such as agroecological systems, will have more resilience in the face of climate change and energy crisis. We could see today that, for the farmers, it makes no difference whether or not there is oil. They have their food, their water, they lack nothing
said the sociologist upon visiting the farms of three families in the region.
Delegation visits the agroecological farms of the Northern Coast
In Morrinhos do Sul, the Steffen and Strege Evaldt families showed how they have lived and worked on their pesticide-free farms, where they grow approximately 40 species, not including unconventional food plants (Pancs), for more than ten years. In Dom Pedro de Alcântara, the group visited the gardens of the Borges Oliveira family.
After the visits, the representative of Corporación Serraniagua of Colombia
, Angela Maria Montenegro Vera, considered that although our organization already works with family agriculture, agroecology is something new to us. It includes both the social and the environmental component, the gender issue, associativity, solidary economy, food sovereignty
. Mariano Andres Beltrán Suhr, from Red Amigos da Terra
and Red Semillas, from Uruguay, said that agroecological organizations promote a set of educational values, human development, besides satisfying social and territorial needs. Not only is it beneficial to me, it also benefits the society as a whole, the farmer and his family, biodiversity, and climate change
. Leonel Cerruto Alarcon, representative of Kawsay from Bolivia
, compared the results of conventional and ecological systems on the local landscape: It is quite clear that conventional agriculture, which comprises the majority of the territory, contrasts with ecological agriculture, which in this case has a lot more to do with biodiversity as it contributes to keeping native plants in their environment and also with forms of productive work
Assembly elects new commissions and coordination
For the Communication Commission, which should develop a digital platform for managing and campaigning on the impact of sustainable livelihoods on climate change, among other issues, the participants named Tiago Maggio from Terrazul
(Brazil), Dorlene Meireles Mendonça Grupo Eco
(Brazil), Cecilia Gelabert from the Pereyra Project Foundation (Argentina) and Rolando Frias Rivera, from the Zanja Arajuno Associative Microenterprise (Ecuador).
The Project Committee - which is in charge of improving the projects before sending them to the Framtidsjorden in Sweden - includes these members: : Ana Luiza Meirelles from the Centro Ecológico (Brazil), Henry Ayala from Cedap
(Peru), and Lorena Guerra Rodriguez from the Cambugán Foundation
Cambugán Foundation (Ecuador).
There has been a change on the Coordination Team and now, instead of three, they count on the collaboration of four members: Keli Nunfa Rengifo from Non Nete (Ecuador), Agustina Alonso from Ceuta
(Uruguay), Norma Isabel Sactic Suque from Ixqániil Palaq (Guatemala) and Adalberto Alencar from the Cepema Foundation
Paraguay should host the 30th-year celebration
Resources to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Terra do Futuro Network, scheduled for 2018 in Paraguay, have been made available by this commission: Manuel Baquedano, the Institute of Political Ecology (Chile), Laura Prieto from Ecocomunidade (Uruguay), and Rubem Dário Apaza Añamuro from Sumak Kawsay (Peru). Friends of the Earth Sobrevivencia Paraguay
will host Terra do Futuros anniversary celebration.