I Course of Multiplier Agents in Agroecology at Middle Curu

In the days 07 e 08 from November, began the 1st course of the Family Agriculture Project, Agroecology, and Market (AFAM). O projeto é fruto de uma parceria da Agência de Desenvolvimento Econômico Local (ADEL) with the Korand Adenauer Foundation, European Union, Federal University of Ceará and SeSeMar Institute. O projeto objetiva a melhoria da qualidade de vida e preservação ambiental através do fortalecimento da Agricultura Familiar ecológica e solidária. Inicialmente o projeto atende a 12 comunidades dos municípios de Apuiarés e Pentecoste com 30 participants, que estão se formando para atuar como agentes multiplicadores. Entre os participantes, 18 são técnicos das Secretarias de Agriculturas de Pentecoste e Apuiarés, Empresa de Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural (EMATERCE) e ADEL e, 12 são produtores rurais. O curso acontece uma vez por mês, até maio de 2009, with theoretical and practical classes, realizando intercâmbios entre as comunidades.

I Course of Multiplier Agents in Agroecology at Middle Curu

In the days 07 e 08 from November, began the 1st course of the Family Agriculture Project, Agroecology, and Market (AFAM). O projeto é fruto de uma parceria da Agência de Desenvolvimento Econômico Local (ADEL) with the Korand Adenauer Foundation, European Union, Federal University of Ceará and SeSeMar Institute. O projeto objetiva a melhoria da qualidade de vida e preservação ambiental através do fortalecimento da Agricultura Familiar ecológica e solidária. Inicialmente o projeto atende a 12 comunidades dos municípios de Apuiarés e Pentecoste com 30 participants, que estão se formando para atuar como agentes multiplicadores. Entre os participantes, 18 são técnicos das Secretarias de Agriculturas de Pentecoste e Apuiarés, Empresa de Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural (EMATERCE) e ADEL e, 12 são produtores rurais. O curso acontece uma vez por mês, até maio de 2009, with theoretical and practical classes, realizando intercâmbios entre as comunidades.

Farmers of the community of Riacho do Paulo – Apuiarés/CE holds the II Feast of Honey

Beekeeping and environment: a partnership that's working.

This was the theme of the II Feast of Honey, held in Riacho do Paulo - Apuiarés/CE, in the days 24 25 October 2011 2008. Near 1500 people from the Middle Curu Microregion participated and honored the event in order to know and value the importance of beekeeping for the community and region. Were present: Mr. Marcelo Pinho – Deputy Mayor of Apuiarés, representing the Municipality of Apuiarés, Adriano Batista - President of ADEL, Carlos Sergio - CETRA, Renato - Marketing Agency, Jair Farias - SeSeMar Institute, Nara Albuquerque - NUCOM / UFC, José Noberto - Student Heart Institute, Raymond Nonato - FAAP, Francisco César - Secretary of Agriculture of Apuiarés, Severino - Advisor to the Department of Agriculture of Apuiarés, Idavan - Union of Work of Apuiarés, Isabel Cristina - Caritas Itapipoca, Mr. Gilberto - UAVRC.

During the two days, various activities will take place in the area, from lectures to cultural activities that value local culture. Beekeepers will participate in sports tournament, parade of the choice of the queen of honey and a marathon that had as main goal to take with it all the tools used in the production chain of honey.

Agrobiodiversity, cooperatives, environmental preservation, perspectives of honey production in the Middle Curu and beekeeping processing were some of the subjects dealt with in the lectures, exhibitions and workshops offered during the event.

The party ended with a show by Forró. This was another moment of relaxed work for the young people of the communities of the municipalities of The Middle Curu.

With the realization of the event, it is expected to improve the interaction between middle curu beekeepers and the development of the beekeeping production chain, establishing Community networks and the commitment of the authorities present to the priority agenda set by beekeepers.

The II Honey Festival was sponsored by banco do Nordeste, Apuiarés City Hall, Local Economic Development Agency and CETRA.

Local Economic Development Agency


“Development consists of eliminating deprivations of liberty that limit people's choices and opportunities to exercise their status as citizens”. (Amartya Sen)

In July 2005, two agronomists, newly graduated, children of Pentecost farmers, Ceará, returned to their communities of origin to develop the Rural Producer Advisory Center (NAPR). Initially the objective of NAPR was to provide technical advice to family farmers in the municipalities of Pentecoste and Apuiarés.

What began with almost voluntary character was growing until, in 2007, the work of the two pathfinders was made official. Was born, at Pentecost, the Economic Development Agency Local (ADEL), a non-profit organization that operates in the Middle Curu microregion of the state of Ceará.

During this period, ADEL has developed, thanks to the social capital formed at Pentecost, during 14 years, by the Cooperative Cell Education Program (Commodity) of the Student Heart Institute. The Program promotes access for students from popular communities in Public Higher Education. Atulamente are more than 210 young people in universities.

In 2008, ADEL has reformed its structure and established axes and lines of work to achieve its mission. Today, ADEL provides sectoral diagnostic services, technical training, incubation of productive enterprises and technical advice to small and medium enterprises in the formation of local productive arrangements.

ADEL partners with Konrad Adenauer Foundation

The Local Economic Development Agency (ADEL) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation will promote the Training course of Multipliers in Agroecology in the Middle Curu of Ceará. This initiative is part of the Family Agriculture Project, Agroecology and Market - AFAM which aims to strengthen ecological family agriculture, through the dissemination of agro-ecological practices and the development of strategies to access markets. The AFAM project is co-financed by the European Union.

The course aims to: form multiplieragents, who undertake to put their agroecological knowledge into practice on their properties and move on to other farmers, supporting them and them in the agroecological transition, disseminate the principles and practices of agroecology among family farmers and farmers, especially young people and women and technicians and insert the multipliers into the network of agroecological farmers in the Medio Curu, allied to existing networks elsewhere.

The course will have with participating farmers, farmers and young people from communities in the municipalities of The Middle Curu, agricultural technicians and rural agents and, will be taught one weekend per month at the Treasury of the Federal University of Ceará in Pentecost and will begin in October 2008.

Our Mission

Collaborate for the integrated and sustainable local development of a low-income community in the Middle Curu Microregion through the upholding of Small and Medium Enterprises that use local human resources as actors in the process.