Cattle growers benefit from Reference Units to strengthen the production chain in Ceará

In the days 26 e 28 April 2022 we held the inauguration events of two Dairy Cattle Reference Units in two territories of Ceará (Middle and Low Jaguaribe and sobral region), an action of the Project Structuring of the Milk Production Chain that we carry out in partnership with the Bank of the northeast of Brazil (BNB), through the Territorial Development Program (PRODETER, New). The meeting also marked the end of the.

The first opening event took place in the Dairy Cattle Reference Unit, located at Sítio São Bento, In São João do Jaguaribe, Ceará. The inauguration of the second unit took place in the Tanks Settlement, in the municipality of Santana do Acaraú, sobral metropolitan area.

We have more than 100 participants on both occasions. In addition to our team, representatives of BNB were, of local associations and secretariats and cattle growers (the) of the nine municipalities served of both territories. We present to the participants, during both occasions, the path trodden in the implementation of the Milk Production Chain Structuring Project in the rural territories of Sobral and Low and Middle Jaguaribe. We also share the main results achieved during the implementation of the.

One of the last actions carried out were short courses on crucial topics for the development of this production chain. Having great emphasis on the mini course Production of Bulky, Pasture Management and Strategic Food Reserve, that in addition to our partnership with BNB, was co-counted as the IFCE (Federal Institute of Education, Science and technology of Ceará) and UFC (Federal University of Ceará), through the Forage Teaching and Studies Center (Neef) of the Center for Agrarian Sciences (CCA).

To Adriano Ferreira, 37, milk producer benefited by the Project in miraíma municipality (THIS), the initiative made it possible to access to new knowledge and technologies. "This Adel and BNB project has eated up with, training and exchanges that have come to improve our development, focused on dairy cattle. We also had access to new technologies, Tools, as the ensiator, that will help us even more in our productions", states the also farmer.

"I very much like to congratulate and thank Adel for this partnership with Banco do Nordeste, specifically in the first two territories of PRODETER here in Ceará. Adel has arrived to add up for her work, commitment and availability to the producers of the field", says Jeania Gomez, BNB State Executive Manager.

Jeania Gomez, BNB State Executive Manager, standing during his speech.

About the project

The Project included a number of actions to Training, technical advice, management and dissemination of technologies and social solutions, Environmental, technically and economically viable to promote the structuring of the milk production chain in the rural territories of Sobral and Baixo and Médio Jaguaribe.

The initiative, that started in 2019, followed with training this year. It enabled increased productivity and profitability in the activity of dairy cattle. They were almost 50 benefited communities, of 9 municipalities of the two territories. We end the action with 157 Elaborate Business Plans, 38 short courses held and more than 500 hours of technical advice.

Strengthening the Honey Production Chain

Honey producers seek to conserve the Caatinga and create a honey route in the territory.

Since 2015, we support the creators (the) bees of the Nectar of the Sertão network, initiative that seeks conserve the Caatinga and strengthen local production. The Nectar do Sertão Network brings together farmers from the municipalities of Apuiarés, Pentecost and Tejuçuoca in Ceará. These breeders(the) of bees see the threat of extinction of the species and the great potential of the insect and the.

Meliponiculturers usually preserve and restore local ecosystems so that Brazilian native bees can reproduce in a healthy habitat. An example of a natural and endemic species, IE, exclusive of the Caatinga biome, is the Jandaíra (Subnined melipona). It pollinates about 30% a 60% caatinga plants, also from the Pantanal and part of the Atlantic Forest. In the Caatinga there are about 30 endemic bee species. They have a unique habitat and different characteristics from the others. They have the atrophied stinger, are smaller and darker, ranging from brown and black tones.

Practical activity with meliponicultores of the Nectar Network in the lagoa das Pedras community, in Apuiarés (THIS).

Through pollination, The small insect helps to maintain the flora of the biome, since it pollinates only native plant species. Its honey is considered more nutritious than the common and has medicinal applications. Despite all the importance, the species Jandaíra is threatened. It is estimated that approximately one third of it is endangered.

The (the) producers (the) of the Lagoa das Pedras community, the municipality of Apuiarés (THIS), are responsible for an environmental reserve of about 100m², where were planted several species native to Caatinga, such as aroeira, angico and pau d & #8217; arc, also known as ipê. The species were strategically designed by affinity they have with the native bee, jandaíra. Thanks to the network created, meliponicultores maintains the space in a sustainable and collaborative way.

According to our Director of Programs, Aurigele Alves, for the creation of the Nectar do Sertão Network it was necessary to organize and engage by the producers. "We support the protagonism and entrepreneurship of producers from rural communities in the Northeast and we promote sustainability through cultural valorization. With honey producers, we operate through the expansion of capacities, access to credit and cooperation between local actors", highlights.

Our activities with the Nectar do Sertão Network include, research, study and meetings to strengthen the bonds between participants. In the last month, together with the Nectar Network and the Ceará Association of Meliponicultores (ACMEL) A exchange of knowledge between the members of the Network. Adel members participated in the meeting, representatives of the Ceará Association of Meliponicultores (ACMEL), of the Municipal Departments of Agriculture of Pentecost and Apuiarés, community leaders and farmers from more than ten communities in the region.

Meliponary Model of the Nectar Network, Lagoa das Pedras community, in Apuiarés (THIS).

The Exchange of the Nectar Network of the Sertão took place in the Meliponário Model of the Nectar Network, in the Lagoa das Pedras community, in Apuiarés. It served to articulate the group's social and institutional participation in a Local Productive Arrangement for strengthen the Honey Chain in the Curu Valley region (THIS) and think about structuring the honey route in the territory. The legislative and executive branch of Ceará published and sanctioned this year the Law No. 17.896 OF 11/01/2022, which provides for the creation of, management, trade and transport of stingless bees in the State of Ceará, a great achievement for this production chain that until then had no legal prerogatives that initiated support to meliponicultores.

However, for producers to market their production, it takes more. Today, 20 may, In World Bee Day, To 19h, we will hold together with ACMEL on our YouTube channel a debate with honey producers to discuss the issuance of the State Decree to regulate the approved law and the publication of the Technical Regulation of Identity and Quality (RTIQ). Only with the articulation of producers and this decree the honey bee-without-stinger in the state of Ceará, will have the definition of labelling aspects, quality and health safety, certification by animal feed inspection seals (SIF, SIE and SIM) of the medes, and so, opening markets for its commercialization. Go to live below.


Bird Photography Workshop in potiguar basin

Young people from 18 a 29 years residing in the municipalities of Guamaré, Galinhos and Diogo Lopes, in Rio Grande do Norte will be prioritized.

Between May and June 2022, we're going to perform along with the SAVE Brazil a Bird Photography Workshop with young people from the Potiguar Basin. The participants will be from the municipalities of Guamaré, Galinhos and Diogo Lopes, areas of direct influence of the Flyways Brazil project carried out by SAVE Brazil in partnership with the Neoenergia Institute. The workshops will be taught by the professionals of our communication team and integrate community engagement actions in the region.

The Bird Photography Workshop seeks promote the qualification of participants to the basicconcepts of photography, from the exploitation of the resources available in smartphone devices. Training is free of charge, With total workload of 12 Hours, happening in hybrid format, being 8h in person and 4 hours online, entitled to a certificate.

Programmatic content includes the following themes: introduction to photography, evolution of cameras, exploring the features of the mobile, photographic composition, framework and basic rules, the importance of bird photography and environmental photography. After the theoretical moment, practical photography and exit activities take place for bird watching.

Will be offered 30 vacancies for each workshop and registrations will be open through the links available in the Instagram bio of the Limícolas Program (@aveslimicolas). Registration for a first workshop, that happens in Guamaré, next Saturday, 14, from 9am, follow open, at the following link:

The workshop in Guamaré will be at the Convention Center of the city with the support of the Municipality of Guamaré through the Secretariat of Environment.

About SAVE Brasil and the Flyways Brazil Project

There are 17 years SAVE Brasil develops and implements strategies for the conservation of Brazilian birds in nature. Activities are always carried out in network, together with local and national organisations, government agencies, Researchers, communities and people. In this way, SAVE Brasil operates throughout Brazil with more than ten biodiversity conservation focusing on endangered bird species.

In Rio Grande do Norte, the organization carries out since 2015, the Flyways Brazil Project in partnership with the Neoenergy Institute. The initiative seeks to ensure locally the conservation of birds and their habitats, contributing to the conservation of species at hemispheric level. Flyways Brasil's actions take place in the municipalities of Guamaré, Galinhos and Diogo Lopes.

In the last years, together with the SAVE Brasil team, we have developed a Flyways Strategic Communication Plan and we carry out advisory and consulting specialized in management and communication for the team that operates in the project. We also provide Digital Communication workshops and produce content on the actions taken to bring together and inform the local population about the existence of migratory birds in the region and the importance of collaborating with the conservation of species, Especially, those that are threatened with extinction.

Young people from São Gonçalo do Amarante participate in the last formative cycle of the PJER

This week took place the last formative cycle of the Protagonism and Entrepreneurship course on Business and Socio-Environmental Impact, which is part of the actions of our Rural Young Entrepreneur Program (PJER), carried out with young people from São Gonçalo do Amarante (THIS).

Between the days 3 e 5 may, we hold workshops on Financial Planning, Marketing Digital, Social Media, Leadership and Oratory. At this stage of training, the class is presented to the Veredas Fund, our microcredit strategy focused exclusively on young rural entrepreneurs.

This week's program focused on finalizing the programcontent of the Course and preparing young people to present their Business Projects for the evaluation board, that should happen later that month. The purpose of banking is to support ideas and point out improvements to projects.

Rebeca Teixeira, 28, who resides in Taíba and has an online store called Body Store Supplements, states that the Course was a great opportunity for your business. "I've had an online supplement store for almost a year. this course helped me a lot to expand my knowledge in relation to entrepreneurship, it's a great opportunity for young entrepreneurs like me, who seek to live off their business. I'm very grateful for everything I've learned so far.", strengthens.

Tiago Cerqueira, Adel Project Analyst, ministering leadership workshop.

This pjer class also provides for the stimulus for the creation and development of Local Productive Arrangements (APLs) young people from rural communities, in order to insert its enterprises and activities into value chains in the region. This class stands out for being composed mostly of women who seek to better structure their enterprises, generate more income and sustainability for their families.

"It was a great satisfaction to participate in the training cycles with the young entrepreneurs of São Gonçalo do Amarante. During the workshops, we realize the interest and enthusiasm of the class in this final stage of elaboration of their projects. I believe that the Course was a very significant opportunity for local youth", says Tiago Cerqueira, our Project Analyst.

This class has the support of the CMDCA (Municipal Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents) of São Gonçalo do Amarante/CE.

Adel supports the publication of the second book of young Monica Mota

Writer Monica Mota

Three years after the launch of “Tone, Elis and Chico“, the young Monica Mota, 24, launches his second children's book, "Bernardo Boy". The launch will be on Thursday (5/5), at 3:30 p.m., in the Legislative Assembly of Ceará. The publication reinforces the fight against child sexual abuse and exploitation, mainly of children with disabilities.

"Menino Bernardo" was inspired by a dialogue with little Vinicius, son of friends of the writer, "an inspiring boy", carrier of Myelomeningocele, neural malformation that caused nerve damage that led to paraplegia and hydrocephalus. The work is the result of world vision funding and has our support.

Book cover “Bernardo Boy”.

Monica is a native of Pentecost, the headquarters municipality of our organization. She's the daughter of farmers, teacher's granddaughter, studied his whole life in public school in the countryside. As a child, victim of sexual abuse of 6 To 12 years and with the help of a teacher overcame traumas and difficulties of life in the field. Today it is activist in combating child sexual violence.

In his first book "Tom, Elis and Chico", launched at the 12th Edition of the International Book Biennial, in 2019, Monica treated violence and sexual abuse against children in a playful way, becoming the first ceará to publish a children's book on this topic.

"Since 2018 we follow the Role monica's and support the release of her second book is very significant. He's part of a larger job she develops, the project #TododiaÉ18deMaio, which underscores the importance of every day fighting violence and sexual abuse against children. In "Menino Bernardo", she speaks to an audience that lacks protection and that her rights are guaranteed, the boys and PCD's (People with Disabilities)", highlights our Communications Director, Ayobami Abreu.

About the work

“Bernardo Boy” warns of the little attention paid to people with disabilities. Monica's proposal in her second children's work is to show that childhood should be a safe space, colorful and full of pranks. Adults need to take responsibility for listening to and protecting children. In the book, the author also addresses self-protection strategies that can be taught to small.

The book also warns of the importance of dialogue between adults and children on all types of aggression. It also cites the Child and Adolescent Statute (YUCK) and its importance in the classroom, as well as the role of adults to listen and not omit any violence suffered by the child, whether she has a disability or not.

Only in Brazil, there are about 45,6 millions of people living with some kind of disability. Of these, 3,5 millions are children of up to 12 years of age. The data are 2010 by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) children with disabilities are three to four times more likely to be victims of violence having even more difficulty reporting the violation of rights that have been exposed.

Qair Brasil and Adel launch podcast on Environmental Education in Caatinga, in partnership with EcoNordeste

Today, 28, we celebrate the National Caatinga Day, taking advantage of this date so significant for us that we act directly in this biome, let's launch the Caatinga Seeds Podcast, that we produce in partnership with Qair Brazil and the Eco Nordeste Content Agency. The release includes a live at 18h, on our channel of the Youtube. We will count on the participation of the journalist Maristela Chua, creator of Eco Nordeste and who was working closely in the production of the Podcast.

Sementes da Caatinga is aimed at teachers and traditional communities and family farmers of the Brazilian semi-arid. Composed of 14 episodes in five series, talks about the importance of Environmental Education in Caatinga, Agroecology, sustainable local development, food and nutrition security, e, the various socio-environmental technologies that can contribute to a harmonious coexistence with the Semi-arid. Divulgaremos uma série por semana, every Thursday.

The series 1 podcast, entitled Environmental Education in caatinga, is now available in major podcast aggregators. Those interested in the themes can listen to the Seeds of the Caatinga in their favorite player, how streaming platforms: Spotify, Deezer e Google Podcast.

Caatinga Seeds

The podcast Caatinga Seeds is an initiative of the Environmental Education Program (Pea) from Qair Brasil, independent renewable energy producer, which aims at capacity building by managers, Technical, Educators, students, leaders and representatives of civil society institutions in environmental education in the perspective of coexistence with the Brazilian Semi-Arid.

Qair's Environmental Education Program proposes Environmental Education actions with families in the area of influence of the Afonso Bezerra Wind Complex, in the municipalities of Afonso Bezerra and Macau, in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, to increase knowledge and conservation of the local natural balance, with the maintenance of its social and environmental benefits.

For those who live in the Semi-arid, preserving the Caatinga is a matter of survival, to learn about traditional knowledge and practices that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Strengthening the quilombola culture and female empowerment in Paraíba

Conversation wheel "Dialogues on gender: the importance of rural black female collectives", at Escola Municipal Educador Paulo Freire, in Menina's Cross.

A Adel and the Neoenergy, with the support of the Neoenergy Institute, carry out from 2019, through the SER Program - Health, Education and Income, various actions to strengthen quilombola culture and female empowerment in the Girl's Cross community, located in the municipality of Dona Inês, in Paraíba.

The activities of the SER Program in the community focus on access to quality water for human consumption and production; e, the expansion of family capacities, especially women's, through educational actions to promote citizenship and the generation of work and income. The initiative includes the construction of a Quilombola Cultural Center. The space seeks to strengthen the handicrafts, rural tourism and local cuisine, entrepreneurship and the role of women.

Are 73 families, about of 365 People, involved in the activities of the, discussing and reflecting on their life histories and the performance of local actors for local development. In March, the month in which international women's day and international day against racial discrimination are celebrated, the SER Program promoted together with the local community a debate on gender and racial issue.

The conversation wheel "Gender dialogues: the importance of rural black female collectives", happened on the day 31 March, at Escola Municipal Educador Paulo Freire, in Menina's Cross. 26 women residing in the Quilombola Cruz da Menina Community participated in the activity. Questions about gender were discussed, race, health, Education, rights and public policies. An open dialogue for exchanges between participants.

Gender talk wheel

The conversation wheel "Dialogues on gender: the importance of rural black female collectives" was driven by Andreia Nazarene, 42, quilombola black woman of the Sítio de Grossos Community, located in the municipality of Bom Jesus, Rio Grande do Norte, e, coordinator of the CONAQ (National Coordination of Articulation of Rural Black Communities Quilombolas), where she is part of the Collective of Rural Black Women Quilombolas.

Andreia Nazarene, CONAQ coordinator (National Coordination of Articulation of Rural Black Communities Quilombolas).

Andreia started the activity with the reading of the poem "Cabelos" by the writer quilombola Antônio Bispo. Then, she spoke of her trajectory of struggle and militancy in social movements and in the conquest of the rights of quilombola people. Solo mother of 4 offspring, bachelor's degree in Cooperative Management and specialist in Territorial Management and Solidarity Economy from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Andreia knows well how important it is to know and study her own culture, tackle racism and sexism, and get involved in issues facing the territory.

For Andreia, the exchange of knowledge and experiences such as these promoted by the SER Program is an opportunity to arouse the interest of women for the formation of local participatory bodies and appreciation of their culture. "It's a unique moment, where each quilombo has its specialties, your knowledge, their culture. I'm happy to exchange our experiences of black maroon women"., emphasizes.

The women in the community received the proposal of the action with great enthusiasm, what was reflected throughout the realization of the moment, with a lot of exchange and interaction between the participants. It is urgent to hold discussions with this agenda, discussions about gender, racial issues and diversity need to be strengthened and this was proven in the speech of the various women and leaders present in the activity, who reported setbacks in relation to public policies, rights and the weakening of networks and collectives.

For D. Help, 63, who is said to be born and raised in the Quilombola territory of Cruz da Menina, the realization of the activity is a source of pride. "I've learned a lot and I want more conversations to come, more lectures, more good for our community", strengthens. Bianca Cristina, 38, president of the Community Association of Cruz da Menina and representative of the quilombos of Paraíba, reports that the topics addressed were very important, mainly political issues. "It is necessary for us women to occupy these spaces, where there are a majority of white men and aristocrats who exclude minorities and make the old welfare policy", highlights.

Oxumarê dance group

To end the activity, there was the presentation of percussion and maculelê dance of the group Oxumarê, created in 2004 and composed only of black women of Girl's Cross.

Cooperation between rural women generates income through handicrafts in Rio Grande do Norte

Our operations in Rio Grande do Norte have contributed directly to the income generation dozens of families from the interior of. Since 2020, we carry out several actions of the EDP Renewable Rural Program and the Social Communication Program implemented by the Edp Renováveis, in the municipalities of Taurus, Cerro Corá and São Tomé.

The activities of the EDP Renováveis Rural Program include the technical and managerial training of families for the implementation of, operation and management of solutions for coexistence with the Semi-arid. Participate in the Program 124 families (492 People), of 6 communities, in the municipality of Bulls (RN). In the Chico Mendes II community, a group of women has stood out. Led by artisan Mary of Birth, known as D. Nena, 64, who started the group a few years ago when he came to live in the community, they make passion for embroidery a source of occupation and income.

"Before coming to this community I already worked with embroidery, I did and my husband sold. I shared my experience with the other women here and went sharing my knowledge. I saw that here women had no other activity but agriculture. Then I began to encourage them to seek other occupations. We started embroider, make crafts together, like the macramê, vagonite and the cross stitch", claims D. Nena.

D. Nena standing accompanying the group of women.

The artisan reveals that there were many difficulties faced. Starting an activity on your own requires great challenges. Gradually, the group was being supported by private companies, which provided courses in the community to strengthen local crafts. But the residents' adhering was still small. After a break in activities due to the lack of, the group returned to active duty with the donation of new equipment made through the EDP Program. "Embroidery is a source of income for women in the community. It was a very big incentive we have received these equipment and materials. Here we do not have a leisure area, don't have a square, so this job helps us to have an extra income and occupation for the group, because we embroider and have fun here"., emphasizes D. Nena.

The protagonism of D. Nena was essential, she opened the doors of home for the group and organized a space in the garage to receive them. With tables, Chairs, Machines, fabrics and needles, d particular space. Nena gained color and joy. "I really like to welcome them into my house, it's always fun, we talk a lot, but i hope in the future to have a bigger space for the group and to expose our products, type a structured sea. The program has collaborated with everything we have here, such as fabric parts, Towels, line tubes, sewing machine that's a wealth for the group, that we didn't have. We couldn't have all this., so it's just gratitude for the opportunity we've received these materials.", says.

With the incentive, new women have been creating interest in craft, gradually the group grew and generated results. Entitled Artisans Flowers of the Field, the work already has a profile on Instagram (@artfloresdocampo), where the work developed is shared. Beyond Instagram, the group sells the pieces locally and participates in exhibitions at fairs in the region.

"The actions of the EDP Renováveis Rural Program enable the consolidation of handicrafts as an economic activity with a strong impact on the development of the Chico Mendes II community. Nineteen (19) women work collectively with artisanal production in lines and fabrics. Materials and production materials and production insums were purchased and given, as well as conducting courses, workshops and technical advice", strengthens Wagner Gomes, our New Business Director.

Second Maria Patricia, 35, one of the members of the group, the incentive came at a good time. For the young, D. Nena is an inspiration. "She started and invited us, we spent a period learning, but we stopped by the lack of material and equipment. Then came this donation and we resumed with joy all again, is a source of income and a relief to get out more of home. We're excited to put forward, i didn't know embroider at the beginning and today with help of d. Nena and these companies are already teaching other women in the community to learn how to embroider. D. Nena is a person who has a lot of willpower to help and teach us, is an inspiration", Celebrates.

Registration open for the Food and Nutrition Security Project in Ceará

Last week, we started registration for the Food and Nutrition Security Project, carried out by wind power generator Energimp and executed by us in the Morgado community, in the municipality of Acaraú, about 238 km from the capital of Ceará, Fortress.

The fighting hunger is a global challenge that we need to promote and act locally. This is what the United Nations itself determines (UN) in their Sustainable Development Goals (Ods). The SDS 2 advocates the end of all forms of hunger and malnutrition until 2030, especially the one that affects childhood, highlighting the importance of sustainable agriculture.

This project with the community of Morgado aims to reduce the vulnerability of community families to hunger, through the socio-productive inclusion of 23 local women. With the expansion of production and utilization capacities with nutritional efficiency of food produced from family farming, an increase in the family income of these women is expected.

"Our interest is that all these women have the guaranteed right to a regular and adequate diet, that families are able to produce their own food through agroecology and other life-respecting practices"., strengthens Wagner Gomes, our New Business Director.

Registrations are made in person in Morgado and go until the day 06 of April. The project has the support of Community Association of Morgado Residents e as mulheres interessadas podem se inscrever também na sede da Associação. Podem se inscrever mulheres agricultoras residentes na comunidade Morgado, Acaraú/EC, with family income of up to 2 minimum wages; with willingness to participate in the project workshops, registered in the Single Register; e, associated with the local Association.

Our Socio-Environmental Analyst, Andre Justiniano, realizou reuniões com as lideranças da Associação Comunitária para apresentar e esclarecer dúvidas sobre a dinâmica do projeto na comunidade, the stages of realization, registration and selection process, as well as the workshops that will be held with the selected families. "We have also held a meeting with families and home visits for mobilization and dissemination of registrations. Women in the community already show high expectations to improve their agricultural activities"., highlights our New Business Manager, Régma Queiroz.

Next steps

In the days 07 e 08 of April a pre-selection will be held, with analysis of the registration form data, in order to verify the attendance or not to the selection criteria. From 11 a 14 of April, we'll make the final selection, when we will return to the community to make technical visits to the residences of pre-selected women in order to analyze the structural conditions, as access to water, physical space and location of the structure to be deployed which may be a vegetable garden or aviary. After this visit, the list of 23 selected women.

We will be implementing with the women contemplated with the Project, 23 food production units on its properties, called Productive Backyards. Then, in addition to teaching workshops on the management and development of this social technology, realizaremos assessorias especializadas com foco na produção de alimentos com qualidade para autoconsumo e para comercialização de excedentes, direct mode, in local markets.

Wheel of conversation about rural black female collectives in Paraíba

Next Thursday, 31 March, at 14h, we will perform at the Municipal School Educator Paulo Freire, in the Quilombola Community Cross of the Girl, located in the municipality of Dona Inês, in the state of Paraíba, the conversation wheel "Gender dialogues: the importance of rural black female collectives".

The meeting takes place in the month in which the International Women's Day (8/3) and the International Day against Racial Discrimination (21/3), two dates that represent many struggles and are indispensable to talk about the guarantee of rights of the female population, mainly from the black women.

The conversation wheel will discuss the importance of rural black women's collectives and the 2030 for sustainable development, focusing on the Ods 05 Gender equality e Ods 10 Reducing inequalities. It is part of the activities of the SER Program – health, Education and Income, developed by Neoenergy, and carried out by us with the support of the Neoenergy Institute.

The guest of this issue is Mariah Fernandez, which has been working for more than twenty years in movements that represent the search for rights and representativeness of the black population. Member of the National Coordination of Articulation of Rural Black Communities Quilombolas (CONAQ) and the Collective of Rural Black Women Quilombolas, Mariah graduates in History, educator in the municipality of Currais Novos, in Rio Grande do Norte and a resident of Quilombola Boa Vista community, located in the same municipality.

Girl's Cross

Cruz da Menina is one of the communities benefited by the actions of the SER - Saúde, Education and Income, of Neoenergia, executed by us in two states of northeastern Brazil, Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte.

Actions in the community seek expand learning opportunities and enhance quilombola culture, focusing on the access to quality water for human consumption and production; e, the expansion of family capacities, especially women's, through educational actions to promote citizenship and the generation of work and income.

The initiative includes the construction of a Quilombola Cultural Center. The space seeks to strengthen the handicrafts, rural tourism and local cuisine, entrepreneurship and the role of women.