Seminar Challenges to inclusion of LGBT youth socioprodutiva + in Ceará

Dediane Sharma, Labelle Rainbow and José Carlos Lázaro, from left to right

The Local Economic Development Agency (Adel) held last Monday, 13/05, in the area of Training of entrepreneurs, at the neighborhood Bar, Pentecost (THIS), the seminar Challenges to inclusion of LGBT youth socioprodutiva + in Ceará.

Participated in the Seminar Dario Baloch, LGBTI activist + non-binárie, Member of project coordination of the resistance group the white Wing (GRAB); Dediane Sharma, Special Coordination Executive Coordinator of the Sexual Diversity of Fortaleza City Hall; José Carlos Lázaro, Professor at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC); e, Labelle Rainbow, Shemale, Black, which coordinates, Since 2008, is Rainbow and Culture Film Festival of Sexual Diversity.

The seminar marked the beginning of the training activities of the project diversity and Entrepreneurship rural youth is part of the portfolio of activities of Rural young entrepreneur Program (PJER) and benefits 28 young people from five municipalities in Ceará – Apuiarés, Paracuru, Pentecost, São Gonçalo do Amarante and Tejuçuoca. It was a moment Rico in learning that addressed issues essential to the struggle of the LGBT population +, as access to public policies and the inclusion socioprodutuvita.

Dediane Sharma, pointed out that the guarantee of rights of Lgbt population is a challenge, Since there are few national equipment, State and local we cater to this audience in contexts of social vulnerability. "We need to strengthen the safety net and promote LGBT citizenship, We come first eradicating institutional violence, She still is a demand of clashes ".

For Dario Baloch, the project coordination of the GRAB, organization that has been operating for 30 years in Fortaleza, in the fight for human rights of LGBTI people + population living with HIV/Aids, guided socioprodutiva inclusion is necessary. "We still have to discuss rights and guarantee socioprodutiva for LGBT inclusion, the labour market, education and health, Why are people still viewed as a pathology by society. There is a World situation that is very subtle, a power relationship, as well as the racism which privileges some populations to the detriment of our ".

The Lgbtphobia is a structural issue and few LGBT people +, even when they have good resumes, can access to the formal labour market. According to the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals (Antra), about of 90% of transvestites and transsexuals, the area of activity of the Association, admitted into prostitution at least at some point in life for not being able to work, which increases the vulnerability of these people who are in street context, making them more exposed to acts of violence. The LGBT + that can formal jobs, more of 40% omit your sexuality in the workplace for fear of suffering prejudice or even be dismissed.

Prof.. José Carlos Lázaro (UFC)

Prof.. José Carlos Lazarus that research on diversity, innovation and sustainability underscored that diversity is a richness and lamented by exist few areas for positive discussions. "Society has a stable view of the world and there is no battle to accept differences, There is no such battle because there are people who don't want to see the world differently, spread the knowledge, people can't overcome their individual and selfish values on other people, and we have to speed this up. I reiterate the importance of Adel and entrepreneurship on this project, is a force that can germinate on this site, people start to think that everyone is entitled to freedom ".

Grand Strategy and challenge to be faced by LGBT population + second Labelle Rainbow is to understand that diversity, the differences are not defects. "It is through the various forms of love and the quest for freedom that we will follow building and doing transformations, believing that it is possible, We're here doing and going on, Yes you can fight for human rights and we follow in this fight ".

The seminar was moderated by Aurigele Alves, Program Director Adel and featured the musical attraction of Hesse Santana, along with three companions that make up the project House of Deny, a space in Fortaleza, to fruition, and culture to support LGBT + black women. Also attended the event: Elisha Joca, Secretary of Agriculture of Tejuçuoca; Wilton Castro, representative of child services in the municipality of Paracuru; e, Hong Keow Duarte, Core reference technique of LGBT Sexual Diversity (NUDES) the municipality of Apuiarés.

The diversity project and Entrepreneurship Rural youth is the first initiative of Adel focusing exclusively for the LGBT population +. Is the result of the National LGBT notice + Pride made possible by the partnership between Ita and more diversity, It aims to encourage the development of initiatives that support and encourage the visibility, Security and respect for LGBT people +.

For Carla Moura, 25, trans woman of the municipality of Apuiarés, participate in the project is an opportunity to spread knowledge to other women. "Having that experience of being in a group with other Lgbt people and bring an economic return for me and my town and I can see other possibilities for inclusion of trans women is essential. The seminar was very constructive, see examples of trans women that are in the fight, show me what I'm capable of. I think we got the right tools to improve ".

Production of free-range chickens contributes to the development of rural communities

Workshop on production of free-range chickens, held in Tubiba, Bulls (RN), the training workshops seeking the expansion of capabilities by beneficiaries

A year ago the Local economic development agency (Adel) performs the activities of Rural EDP renewables Program, the EDP renewables, in four rural communities in the municipalities of Jandaíra and Bulls in Rio Grande do Norte. Among the 40 beneficiaries of the program, 17 families were covered with experimental units for production of free-range chickens.

The production of free-range chickens is a typical activity of family agriculture, practiced many times without the care required for a good development of the activity. Unfortunately, few families in the semi-arid know the key practices that can contribute to the sustainability of poultry farming.

The creation of free-range chickens need constant attention, with realization of regular cleaning of feeders and waterers to avoid the presence and proliferation of disease. Other points to be measured are the productive management, the care with the power and purpose of creation (for the production of eggs, beef or both), basic requirements for good economic results.

Gonçalo Francisco, farmer and chicken farmer of Zabelê, Bulls (RN)

The Adel, through the Rural EDP renewables Program, discusses with the families production techniques of free-range chickens which allow for a sustainable management of the activity. The Zabelê community, your Gonçalo Francisco, 78, already points out that the uses suggested practices in workshops and EDP renewables program Rural consultants, conducted by Adel, have contributed positively to the development of the activity. "The creation of free-range chickens have a future provided that we know work. Now we have to follow the guidance of technicians to work out and improve our situation ", highlights Gonçalo.

About the Program
The Social Rural EDP renewables Program is an initiative of Brazil that seeks to strengthen EDP renewables the activities of producers living in the vicinity of the wind farm complexes of the company. Currently on your second phase that is run by the Local economic development agency (Adel), in four communities in the municipalities of Bulls and Jandaíra, in Rio Grande do Norte, in the surroundings of the wind farms JAU and Adventure 1.

Adel discloses result of project selection diversity and Entrepreneurship


The Local Economic Development Agency (Adel) publicizes the result regarding the selection of young people to participate in the Project diversity and Entrepreneurship of young rural, first initiative of the organization with a focus that is unique to the LGBT community and integrating the portfolio of activities of Rural young entrepreneur Program (PJER).

Near 60 young people from the municipalities of Apuiarés, Paracuru, Pentecost, São Gonçalo do Amarante and Tejuçuoca, participated in the selection process. After analysis of the inscriptions to Adel interviewed 37 enrolled and, 28 were selected to participate in the project.

The diversity project and Entrepreneurship of young rural search contribute with LGBT youth access +, the knowledge, credit, collaborative networks and technologies that enable them to undertake and remain with quality of life in their communities.

Aurigele Alves, Program Director of Adel, reports that during the selection had the opportunity to know the context in which they live LGBT youth + in territory. "I had the chance to get to know better the reality of that community, the absence of perspectives. The vast majority did not complete high school and it was one of the main challenges in the selection ".

The project has selected young people aged 18 e 32 years, with high school and residing in one of the five counties included in the initiative. Project activities begin next Monday (13) in the area of Training of entrepreneurs, at Pentecost.

The diversity project and Entrepreneurship of young rural was selected in the National LGBT notice + Pride of ITA. THE LGBT + Pride aims to encourage the development of initiatives that support and encourage the visibility, Security and respect for LGBT people +. Has the Most Diversity consulting.

Check out the list of selected youth.

The Rural Young Entrepreneur Program (PJER)

The Rural Young Entrepreneur Program (PJER) It was created by Adel on 2009. Is the Alliance between four (4) components: access to knowledge, oriented credit, strengthening organizational support and access to information and communication technologies. More than 1000 young entrepreneurs have been supported by the programme and about 90% These young people remain in their communities. This year the PJER is also in the process of expansion to the Amazon.

Opportunity for young Rural Entrepreneurs


This year, from may, the Economic Development Agency Local (Adel) held with young rural entrepreneurs have benefited by the program Young Rural Entrepreneur (PJER) several training activities, advice and mentoring to assist in the development of your projects.

Is an advanced step PJER seeking to contribute to the sustainability of business and the role of young people in the territory. The goal is to help young entrepreneurs are protagonists and leaders in their communities. Most of these young people express interest and there are opportunities in their lines of business, but still need support to connect their business projects with local development strategies-with opportunities and existing vocations in the context.

Can participate in this stage of PJER, young people benefited by the program with an active enterprise with economic or social bias in the territory and residing in one of the nine municipalities of action – PJER Apuiarés, Caucaia, General Sampaio, Paracuru, Pentecost, São Gonçalo do Amarante, São Luís do Curu, Tejuçuoca and Umirim. Registration is open until 30 April and can be performed by using the online form, available in the following link:

The selection is through the analysis of the registration form and in-person interviews with Adel. Total, 60 young rural entrepreneurs will benefit. The projects must be in the following categories: production, service, trade and social area.

Advanced step PJER

This advanced stage of the Rural young entrepreneur Program (PJER) seeking to expand the technical capabilities, practice and management of young rural entrepreneurs benefit from Program. Young people participate in throughout the year of two formations and have access to a set of tools, information and knowledge considered essential for the development of a business or a project of social impact in rural areas.

The basic training consists of four workshops and a visit in loco project diagnostic. In advanced training, young people will study on strategies, Finance, marketing, management, among other topics. In addition to the formative process, entrepreneurs will have advice of Adel and will participate in seminars and fairs focusing on the line of action of each project.

Young people also receive support in the development of local productive arrangements (APLs). Once outlined, the Adel assist in planning stages, structuring and administrative organisation, legal and accounting of these initiatives in order to contribute to the development of the territory.

Registration for the project diversity and Entrepreneurship of young rural


The Local Economic Development Agency (Adel) makes public entries for the diversity project and Entrepreneurship of young rural, action that integrates the strategies of the Rural young entrepreneur Program (PJER) developed 10 years by the Organization and selected by the National LGBT notice + ITA Social pride in 2018.

The diversity project and Entrepreneurship Rural youth is the first initiative of Adel focusing exclusively for the LGBT community +. Search contribute to the access of 25 LGBT youth + of rural communities in the municipalities of Pentecost, Apuiarés, Tejuçuoca, Paracuru and São Gonçalo do Amarante, not Ceará, the knowledge, credit, collaborative networks and technologies that enable them to undertake and remain with quality of life in their communities.

The inclusion of LGBT youth socioprodutiva + is one of the challenges in the Brazilian semi-arid region. Several young people living in rural areas, in situation of social vulnerability, daily deal with the hostility of this context that creates barriers so that they can work and generate income for themselves.

Most of these young people are intimidated, dealing with conflicts in their families and suffer daily with the exclusion, with prejudice, with the violation of their rights, difficulty of access to education and the labour market. By not finding support in their territory, they are the first to migrate to urban centres.

Entrepreneurship is an alternative to LGBT youth + remain in their territory. Is a strategy that gives young people greater autonomy to be protagonists of their lives and the communities in which they live. Through this project, the Adel aims along with partners to create opportunities for positive social mobility and the guarantee of fundamental freedoms to the LGBT youth + living in rural areas.

Can participate young people aged 18 e 32 years, with high school completed and residing in one of the five counties included in the project. Entries are online ( or at the headquarters of Adel and are open until 26 of April.

How does the project

The diversity project and Entrepreneurship Rural youth will be held over 2019 by Adel and includes in addition to training in leadership and entrepreneurship, assistance in the development of business projects, access to credit and management.

The first activity that participates to the project is the ongoing Role and Rural Entrepreneurship. The course has four (4) modules, accounting for 110 credit/hours. The course will be taught workshops on Local development, Rural Entrepreneurship, Financial Education, Planning and management, Production administration and operational management, Marketing and Leadership and social and environmental Entrepreneurship.

The formative stage of the program also includes focal meetings, Advisory sessions, lectures, collective mentorias, individual tutorials and panels for presentation of Business Projects. Young people are also encouraged to cooperate and collaborate with each other, among its initiatives, for the formation of local productive arrangements (APLs), as contributions to local development.

About the initiative

This project is the result of the National LGBT notice + Pride aims to encourage the development of initiatives that support and encourage the visibility, Security and respect for LGBT people +, with institutional support of Itaú Unibanco in partnership with the Most Diversity consulting.

Through this initiative the Adel seeks foster the development of business enterprises and rural socio-environmental impact, providing LGBT young people + access to the components of the Rural young entrepreneur Program (PJER).

THE PJER, created by Adel on 2009, is the Alliance between four (4) components: access to knowledge, oriented credit, support in strengthening organizational and access information and communication technologies. More than 1000 young entrepreneurs have been supported by the programme and about 90% These young people remain in their communities. This year the PJER is also in the process of expansion to the Amazon.

Water management

Community gold earring, João Câmara (RN), conducts collective management of water supply network, It also has a deep well, a desalination unit and a solar microusina


*By Wagner Gomes (Business Director Adel)

Access to clean water is the right of all citizens, It is essential for the food and nutritional security and precondition to enjoy other basic human rights. Although considered a right, 35 millions of people in Brazil still have no access to drinking water.

According to the Institute deals with Brazil, 95% urban population rely on treated water in their homes. But only 27,8% of rural households are connected to the water distribution network. Rural areas account for 20 millions of people without access to liquid. Besides that, supply forms are, mostly, poor and do not have effective control and surveillance of the quality for consumption.

In the Northeast there are thousands of community organizations that operate in rural areas making the minimum water quality control for families. Are the own communities mobilized to solve this challenge. But, These organizations are completely invisible, not part of any census or statistic of the country. There is evidence that in rural areas where they exist, communities are the most well attended in this regard. Community organizations, water committees, cooperatives or associations manage the waters of the community and the system that supplies the residences from definitions established collectively as, for example, the implementation of the fare and your collection and suspension of service in case of non-payment.

In this scenario, several interesting experiences carry out the water supply services in rural communities of northeastern Brazil and became institutional alternatives, social, techniques and sustainable financial highlights and dissemination in the country. In the case of self-sustaining management models developed by the Integrated System of Rural sanitation (SISAR) of Ceará, Piaui and Alagoas (where it is known as Sisal) and of community associations for maintenance of sanitation systems, da Bahia.

However, thousands of communities and families of the Brazilian rural areas lack access to safe drinking water. There is no, so, policy guideline to encourage replication of the models mentioned above, on the part of municipalities, States and federal agencies. In Adel (Local Economic Development Agency) We seek together the 3 thousand families and community leaders in the States of Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte develop a self-management of the waters. Through courses and workshops in operation and management of the environmental technologies of access to water for human consumption and food production have contributed to progress in these models. It is necessary for the management of rural water supply services is institutionalized and regulated in the country.


Text originally published in the printed version of the Journal of Northeast day 14 April 2019.

Young takes leadership position in rural community

Brena coordinates the seed House MandacaruBrena de Araújo, 21, born and raised in the rural community of Middle Site, about 14 km from the seat of the municipality of Pentecost (THIS). Daughter of Raymond Callaghan, 69, and Bibek Shah, 53, is the older of two sisters and current leader of the Community Association for community development (ADESCO).

Since 2017, Brena holds the position of coordinator of ADESCO. Get the position of community leadership was a challenge for her. Even following along with your sister, Agus, 20, the parents in the community meetings, She tells that this path was not easy.

Brena and your family are examples of social actors

"The meeting has been scheduled to assemble the Board and in front of my activities, Despite having only 17 at the time, I applied for to be Coordinator. But other supporters of the other candidate they told my father that I wasn't supposed to go, because it was better, a young woman wouldn't realize, was a man. Stared at it as a challenge in which bordered it and won. "

The motivation came from community involvement from your child. "I've always liked history, sometimes spent hours talking to older people learning about a little of everything, mainly about the place where I was born,"tells Barta. Still at school, She discovered your passion for drawing, hobby that has become your main source of income after completing high school in 2014.

"I spent working with crafts, making designs in tile and plaster and participate in the Association as a listener ". In the subsequent year she was Treasurer of the Association and in that period he attended several trainings. From there to here, the only opportunities increase and the involvement of Brena also. In 2015, She took over the coordination of the Mandacaru Seed House, built by the seeds of the Semi-arid Brazilian semi-arid region joint (ASA). In the second half of 2015, young participated in an Exchange showing the seed project in another city.

In 2016, Brena organized in their own community exchange with members of other houses of Seeds of Ceará. In the same year, She joined the Rural young entrepreneur Program (PJER) the Adel and participated in the course in Entrepreneurship and business management. Developed a Business Project with a focus on crafts and went on to produce handicrafts for hire.

In the same year, Brena and your father rode a small meliponário around House with eight populated boxes of bees jandaíras and involved the whole family in this activity. "Ever since I was little I listened my parents agreed that human beings had to know a little bit of everything, because on the difficulties we could ' migrate ' to another to supplement his income ".

Brena's dream is to strengthen even more community activities, Open a physical store to expose the craft products, and expand the production of honey in partnership with your father. Second Brena, the experiences in the family, in the community and at school motivate him to be "a woman leader, enterprising, a mother, wife, and I don't see this issue of being a woman, being unable to perform an activity in my community ".

Adel warning about the sustainable management of water


On this world water day, the Adel warning about the challenges of access to water for human consumption and productive faced by families who live in the semi-arid and the importance of sustainable management of this liquid as necessary to humanity.

According to the United Nations (UN), up until 2050, the planet should get the mark of the 10 billion inhabitants. With this, water for domestic use, equivalent to about 10% water capture the world, must increase exponentially. In this scenario, the search for innovative solutions, low-cost and sustainable for the use and reuse of water resources becomes even more urgent for the current generation and future generations.

According to the national agency of waters (HOME), in January 2018, of the 436 reservoirs in the Northeast region are used exclusively for the storage of water, 240 (55%) were below 10% of your ability. Of these, 143 were completely empty. This phenomenon left irreparable harm, as the water shortage in the cities and the loss of livestock and crops in crops.

However, While the dry season, the last five years, brought damage to productivity in rural areas, He also made it possible to strengthen a harmonious coexistence with the semi-arid. Several environmental technologies have been implemented allowing a more peaceful coexistence on the reality of droughts and the search for a sustainable management of water.

Deployment of environmental technologies

In the interim, the Adel was strengthening its expertise and implementing various environmental technologies in rural communities of northeastern Brazil. The latest initiative implemented was the construction of "telhadão" for the rainfall water storage in the municipalities of Bulls and Jandaíra in Rio Grande do Norte.

The tanker "telhadão" is a technology of capturing rainwater through a roof of 100 m ², in the form of shed. The roof captures rainwater and by a system of gutters and pipes leads her to a cistern with a capacity of 52,000 litres of water. The area covered has many utilities. Farmers use to store food in the form of hay or silage, keep the tools, creation of small animals, among other uses.

Cistern “telhadão” built in the municipality of Bulls, RN


This technology has been deployed since March 2018 through the Rural EDP renewables Program developed by EDP renewables. The goal is to strengthen the productive capacity and the water security of 40 (40) families. Water infrastructure for rural communities benefited by the program was composed basically by artesian wells in poor conditions and a network connected to a pipeline location.

Before the project, families faced severe difficulties with the supply of drinking water, coupled to the malfunction of the pipeline. According to farmers, the high salinity of the water from the wells without Ceara and lack of frequency of aqueducts were two aggravating water safety site.

For Julia Bailey, 74, resident of the community Tubiba, in Bulls/RN, live in the community has two sides. "The bright side is the quiet, the tranquility, the other is that we have difficulties in water, the rain is a blessing, everyone has things. When it doesn't rain just is not worse because we have Government water right. But when it doesn't come we have to buy a bunch of water by R$140,00. We want to plant a vegetable garden, but don't plant because there's no water to water. It is difficult to, but we hope to see a good thing with this project ", the farmer.

Mandala built in rudder Bar community, Pentecost, THIS


In addition to providing farmers with access to water for consumption, tanks "telhadão", enable the development of production. Each beneficiary of the program receives several vegetables and fruiting plants to deploy your backyard productive. Tanks "telhadão" built by the program are already being supplied with the first rains that fall in the region. Each family assesses the best purpose for the water captured, whether for animal consumption, irrigation, domestic use, among other. With the guidance of technical staff of Adel they use the technologies deployed with maximum efficiency.

Adel launches campaign women entrepreneurs


The day 8 March is recognized by the United Nations (UN) Since 1975 as international women's day. More to celebrate the lives of strong women, certain, resilient, steadfast, entrepreneurs, among other features that make them unique to them, the date is an invitation to strengthen the female empowerment.

The Adel launches, from today, the campaign women entrepreneurs with the purpose of celebrating, throughout the month of March, the achievements of women entrepreneurs and the protagonists acting in northeastern Brazil. Women entrepreneurs are great protagonists of their lives and their stories. They fight so resilient for better days, for a more just and egalitarian society.

Several women entrepreneurs contribute directly to the economic and social development of rural communities in the Northeast. Are women who inspire other women to realize their dreams. Four of these entrepreneurial stories opening the campaign.

Meliponiculture and women from Cabeço


James Oliveira, 33, farmer and meliponicultora, believes that entrepreneurship is an essential tool for women's empowerment. She is part of the management team of the Association of young Agroecologistas friends of Cabeço (JOCA), located in the community of Cabeço, Jandaíra (RN), which promotes the involvement of women and young people.

JOCA was established in 2009, from discussions on Agroecology stimulated by Adriana Lucena, local resident. Is an organization of women and youth in a demobilisation and emptying of productive activities. In addition to strengthening the community and rural identity, JOCA stimulates the development of activities related to meliponiculture, such as the production of catingueiros and gardens of vegetables and fruits.

James and the other members of JOCA has active performance in building and strengthening of Agroecology, Solidarity Economy, Fair trade and Territorial Development. Since 2010, the Association has been recognized worldwide for your job of preserving the native bee Jandaíra and integrates the international movement Slow Food.

Head was chosen as food community and is part of the Worldwide Terra Madre Network of the movement Slow Food, institution comprising 1.800 communities from around the world who share their experiences and their work in order to protect the quality of food and local production. Protection of native stingless bees and the honey as product of excellence is the focus of the work of women and young people of JOCA.

The outback and culture nerd


The young Joseph Soares, 32, decided to use their computer skills to undertake in the quiet Serrota, rural community in the municipality of Pentecost (THIS). Only child of four brothers wife, at eighteen, went alone to live in the fortress to make a technician Course. However, After three months working with telemarketers, returned to your community. "It was not feasible to stay there, It was very exhausting and low pay ".

Back to the community, Joseph started working in a shoe Factory. The function is applied to knowledge of information technology, but by needs he worked there for two years. During this period she made some savings and kept your hope to act in the area of computer science. For health reasons she left this job and in the period in which they received unemployment insurance has decided to start a small business in his own House.

"I had a computer and started to offer to friends and neighbors to access their social networks, do any activity, get on the internet. It just so happens that the number has increased and I began to ask for a fee. Hence, I started LAN house. Then, I figured everyone already had smartphones and now they needed was to make an impression. And there I sold computers and was diversifying my store. Today I produce various gifts and seeing including the free market ".

One of the innovations of the toasts made by Joseph is the dissemination of culture nerd. "I love rock, all that you know. Then I started doing mugs, blouses with an art that speaks of those two universes [the outback and culture nerd]. Because the people who are young, enjoy it. And I know that there's even a certain prejudice to find that the young of the countryside does not consume this kind of culture. And this is not how, I enjoy lots of rock, people dig and here at the shop we listen too. I distract me too much and I love what I do ".

Catuana Handicrafts


Taís Lima, 27, is one of the young people benefit from Rural young entrepreneur Program (PJER) developed by Adel and founder of Catuana Handicrafts — family enterprise exists for more than 10 years in the community Catuana, in Caucaia (THIS).

"I'm a woman entrepreneur, I am the protagonist of my story in my community. Before the Catuana Crafts I was a saleswoman in downtown Fortaleza, no time for my family, for my daughter, overcrowded and debts, because when you don't live in your location, where your family, you get your income quite compromised by rent account, transport, power supply. And after the Catuana Crafts, Wow! After I had the support of Adel through PJER, I was sure that the craft was what I wanted for my life ".

The Catuana Handicrafts gradually are involving other people in the community, produces crafts and decorative pieces with the clay raw material. In addition the project generate autonomy and income for Lav, made possible the return of the young to study. Taís today makes a technical course of environment to aggregate knowledge and improve your work.

Zabelê women

Group of women who produce cake for school lunches: Carla Juliana da Silva, Maria de Lourdes Fernandez, Maria de Fátima Fatima, Maria do Socorro Silvano, Maria das Graças Fernandes, Maria Bernadete Ferreira, from left to right

In Zabelê, in the municipality of Bulls (RN), a group of women improvised a handmade kitchen at the headquarters of the Association of Settlement Palmares and are changing the face of community.

Since 2012 they work together in the production of handmade cakes and sell products for government procurement programs, generating income and work for other women. Besides the production of cakes, women actively participate in the Association, meetings, debates and discussions about the spaces where the woman in the community, plan how to expand production and insertion of other members.

Initially, the work had the support of the Local Community Development Institute (IDEC) that in addition to stimulate women's organization, assisted in the marketing of products (purchase with simultaneous donation) in partnership with the national supply company (CONAB). currently, the group is supported by Adel and EDP renewables program which seeks to strengthen the inclusion of women in the community socioprodutiva.

Adel advises and trains farmers benefited by the project are José

Practical activity for the production of flower bed for native bees, Paul's Creek Community, Apuiarés (THIS)

Since 2018, the Economic Development Agency Local (Adel) advises and trains four (4) community associations and a (1) cooperative of farmers in the region of the Middle Curu, Apuiarés municipalities and General Sampaio; e, The metropolitan region of Fortaleza, municipalities Rattlesnake, Horizon and Maranguape. Total, 147 family farmers are benefited by Adel through sustainable Rural development project – PDRS/San Jose Project III.

The San Jose Project III focuses on the strengthening of family agriculture and the well-being of rural communities. Is an initiative of the Ceará state government through the Ministry of agrarian development (SDA), in partnership with the World Bank (BIRD). The project is developed by various institutions selected by bidding, being the Adel one.

The project proposal Are José III strengthens family farming, largely responsible for the production of food in Brazil. According to the Brazilian Institute of geography and statistics (IBGE), the country has more than 4 millions of farming families, which corresponds to 84% of agricultural establishments and accounts for approximately 33% the total value of production of the countryside. Within the productive chain of Brazil, the family farmer supplies the market with: cassava (87%), beans (70%), pork (59%), milk (58%), poultry meat (50%), corn (46%), among other.

In addition to providing good party food, family farming has become key in the construction of public policies, on adoption of financial incentives, in the formulation of rules and laws, in the creation of models of purchases, including the direct purchase by the Government, possible through the food acquisition Program (PAA) and National School Feeding Program (PNAE).

Participants in the workshop on Bee Pasture, held at the Paul Creek Community, Apuiarés (THIS)

The groups advised by Adel via the San Jose Project work with beekeeping, being carried out, fruit-growing and dryland farming, This is, agricultural technique of cultivation in low land rain and land. The first actions developed in the project were: mobilisation of farmers, characterization of rural properties and preparation of work plans in each group.

The technical assistance is continuous and happens in every property. The trainings are carried out collectively from the demands and peculiarities of each group. Both activities aimed at the dissemination of sustainable techniques, agroecological and profitability to the representative entities and family farmers benefit, with inclusion and adaptation of new technologies in the productive enterprise. Also provide the inclusion and expansion of access to formal markets for farmers, including the food supply to government programs, as PAA and PNAE.

Trainings with farmers

Farmers consider the courses are fundamental to the development of agricultural activities. According To Francisco Alves, farmer residing in the settlement Bouquet, in General Sampaio, the workshops taught by Adel allow farmers access to knowledge. "The courses, meetings that we do, facilitates our work, the life, just goes to further refine our knowledge of the semi-arid ", points out Francisco.

The courses conducted by Adel productive groups involve several themes: associations, cooperatives, entrepreneurship, natural pesticides, importance of reforestation in beekeeping and agricultural activity, forage production and storage, good practices and conservation of food products produced by bees, organic agriculture practices, food management of bees, the preparation of business plans and marketing, cost management, among other.

"I think it's very important these meetings because we know of subjects we don't know. Present the projects that appear to benefit the community, also take questions from producers on various subjects, like to participate ", States Donesia, a farmer who lives in the settlement Bouquet, in General Sampaio.

For Adel projects specialist, Pollyanna Quemel, the impact of the project has been positive, beneficiaries are receiving systematic technical assistance visit. "This [the technical advisory], It's a very positive, because the farmer is being followed closely on a monthly basis, getting directions and applying in your day to day ", highlights.

Other perceived results along the actions were the increased social interaction and cooperation between farmers; raising the productivity and profitability of agricultural activities, What therefore generates employment and income; Economic and social inclusion of the families in the processes of production and processing of products; productive organization for the marketing process; In addition to the strong presence and participation of women in productive activities and moments of collective discussions.

Project activities implemented by Adel will follow until April 2019, with carrying out training and technical assistance in the production, management and marketing of the products of family agriculture. In addition to technical assistance to productive groups of São José III, the Adel develops several actions with family farmers in the northeast of Brazil. Through the new business area, the institution offers various services that contribute to the development and sustainability of agriculture.

The San Jose Project III

The prospect of the Sustainable Rural development project-PDRS/PSJ III is to increase the economic insertion, the added value of rural family ventures, with financing of productive projects in the context of promising production chains, with a view to strengthening these chains and sustainable family agriculture insertion in their respective markets.

The beneficiaries are farmers who develop agricultural and non-agricultural activities in rural communities represented by their organizations, such as: associations, condos or other cooperatives provided that legally constituted. Also benefit from specific social groups, such as Maroon, indigenous peoples, artisanal fishermen and other groups. The project aims to meet all 32.400 thousand families through the implementation of 490 Projects.

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