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Agroforestry practice promotes harmony between production and environment

FORESTS ARE BEING DEFORESTED AT A FRIGHTENING RATE, REFLECTING AN INABILITY OF HUMANS TO COEXIST WITH NATURE. STIMULATED BY LARGE TECHNOLOGY PACKAGES, EXPENSIVE, POLLUTING, BIOCIDAL AND DEPENDENT ON MULTI-NATIONAL CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, TODAY AGRICULTURE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DESTROYING MILLIONS OF HECTARES OF FOREST, CARRYING TONS OF SOIL PER YEAR, CONTAMINATING RIVERS AND WATERCOURSES, UNBALANCING ECOSYSTEMS AND LEAVE MILLIONS OF LANDLESS AND MISERABLE WORKERS.

IT WAS IN THIS CONTEXT THAT THE NGO MUTIRÃO AGROFLORESTAL WAS BORN, IN BRAZIL, AT 2004. THE FOCUS OF THE ORGANIZATION IS TO DEVELOP AGROFORESTRY EDUCATION, RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND DISSEMINATION IN BRAZIL. THE GOAL IS TO “CONTRIBUTE TO THE BUILDING OF SUSTAINABLE SOCIETIES THROUGH A NETWORK OF INTEGRATION OF PEOPLE AROUND LEARNING, EXPERIENCE, EXPERIMENTATION AND STIMULATION TO AGROFORESTRY”, EXPLAINS IGOR AVELINE.

ACCORDING TO THE PARTICIPANT OF MUTIRÃO AGROFLORESTAL, THE NGO HAS WORKED IN THE MOST DIVERSE FRONTS OF AGROECOLOGY PROMOTION AND AGROFORESTRY PRODUCTION, IN THE NUCLEI OF ACTION DIVERSITÁH (SÃO LOURENÇO, MINAS GERAIS), FAZENDA SÃO LUÍS (SÃO JOAQUIM DA BARRA, SÃO PAULO), AND BRASÍLIA (FEDERAL DISTRICT). “WE WORK WITH TRADITIONAL, INDIGENOUS AND PEASANT POPULATIONS IN THE PROMOTION OF SYNTROPY AGRICULTURE (DEVELOPED BY ERNST GÖTSCH), SEEKING THE IMMERSION OF COMMUNITIES IN AGROECOLOGICAL TRANSITION PROCESSES, MAKING THEM MORE RESILIENT IN SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL ASPECTS. IN ADDITION TO WORKING IN THE CITY AND ACADEMIA, COLLABORATING WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND ADDING EFFORTS IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF AGROFORESTRY KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES”, HE ADDS.

AMONGST VARIOUS NEEDS, MUTIRÃO AGROFLORESTAL CURRENTLY NEEDS AN ACCOUNTANT IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, PRODUCING DOCUMENTARIES DISSEMINATING ACTIONS AND DISSEMINATING PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT AGROFORESTRY, PRODUCING EDUCATIONAL LEAFLETS, AND IMPROVING THE RECEPTION AND RECEPTION STRUCTURES OF VOLUNTEERS AND PARTNERS. “IN ADDITION, WE SEEK SUPPORT IN OUR MOST DIVERSE AREAS OF ACTION, IN WHAT WE KNOW AND DO NOT KNOW HOW TO DO, SUCH AS AUDIO-VISUAL AND COMMUNICATION”, SAYS IGOR AVELINE.

THE BRAZILIAN NGO HAS JOINED THE WORLD LIFE EXPERIENCE BECAUSE IT BELIEVES IN "PROJECTS THAT PROMOTE THE EXCHANGE OF PEOPLE AND THE DISSEMINATION OF KNOWLEDGE, IN ORGANIZATIONS THAT SEEK TO STRENGTHEN THE GOOD LIFE AND THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CULTURES, EXPANDING THE NETWORK OF PEOPLE FIGHTING FOR BETTER WORLD".

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SUPPORT MUTIRÃO AGROFLORESTAL, THE ORGANIZATION RECEIVES VOLUNTEERS TO HELP IN THE PLANTING, HARVESTING AND PROCESSING OF AGROFORESTRY PRODUCTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION JUST GO TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE: HTTP://MUTIRAOAGROFLORESTAL.ORG.BR/

WHAT ARE AGROFORESTRY SYSTEMS?

THE AGROFORESTRY SYSTEMS INVOLVES OLD TECHNIQUES, TRADITIONALLY USED BY INDIANS AND TRADITIONAL POPULATIONS. THERE ARE FORMS OF LAND MANAGEMENT IN WHICH AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY SPECIES ARE PLANTED AND HANDLED TOGETHER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF THE NATURAL DYNAMICS OF ECOSYSTEMS. THEY REPRESENT THE INTERFACE BETWEEN AGRICULTURE AND THE FOREST, IMPROVE PRODUCTION BY CONSERVING THE PRODUCTIVE POTENTIAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ARE EFFECTIVE FOR TROPICAL COUNTRIES RICH IN BIODIVERSITY. BY BEING ABLE TO INTENSIFY PRODUCTION IN SMALL AREAS, AGROFORESTRY SYSTEMS ARE A PROMISING ALTERNATIVE FOR SUSTAINABLE RURAL DEVELOPMENT, ONE OF THE PRIORITIES IN BRAZIL.

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