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 and interested women can also register at the association's. Women farmers living in the Morgado community may apply, 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, held meetings with the leaders of the Community Association to present and clarify doubts about the dynamics of the project in the community, 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, we will carry out specialized advisory services focused on the production of quality foods for self-consumption and for the commercialization of surpluses, 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.

Stone tanks supply communities in the pernambuco sertão

Macieli da Silva, 30, farmers benefited in the Exu community, in Caetés/PE

Through actions focused on Echosocial Wind Program Water Safety Winds That Transform, Of Echoenergy (Equatorial Energy Group), we've implemented 5 tanks on stone slabs in the Quitonga communities, Laguinha, New Year, Exu and Red, in the municipality of Caetés/PE. In all, 120 families benefit from. Each tank installed can store up to 30 thousand liters of rainwater.

Catafalque social technology uses the natural rocks, typical of the semiarid region, to turn them into large reservoirs of water. The materials used in the construction of the tank vary according to the specificities of each slab, that happens to be walled and the whole land is removed, leaving the stone ready to receive rainwater.

With the containment of water on the surface of these slabs, during the rainy season, which usually occurs between the months of March to July, families will be able to use the water resource for up to 8 months, fundamental for the dry periods of the Brazilian Northeast. Water will supply families and animals in rural communities in solidarity and collectively.

Local farmers and farmers celebrate the conquest of. For Adeildo de Melo, 55, resident of Quitonga, the stone tank will have a significant impact on the community. “Now we have the opportunity to accumulate this rainwater and enjoy it in our daily life, help a lot in the organization of local farmers and for our creations, water is life“, Celebrates.

Tiago Martins, 29, farmer benefited in the Red community, Caetés/PE

The stone tank contributes concretely to reducing the vulnerability of rural families. When these people do not have adequate ways for the storage of water, are obliged to move through long journeys, in order to obtain the resource to carry out their basic activities.

About the Program

Through the Echosocial Wind squee-in program, we have already carried out several actions focused on Water Safety, such as, the construction of more than 100 plate cisterns in the region of the municipalities of Pernambuco Caetés and Capoeiras, last year. The actions are part of the Social Project of Echoenergy, financed through bndes undercredit.

The municipalities served are characterized by the semi-arid climate. In rural communities, thousands of families live with the water scarcity, osame by several factors, such as the unpredictability of rainfall and the absence of capture and storage technologies. Like this, it is crucial to expansion of basic water infrastructure in these communities, including the organisation of such persons so that they can manage such equipment with technical feasibility, economically and sustainably.

The use of low-cost social technologies is strategic for coexistence with the semi-arid and to cause changes in the scenario of water scarcity for human consumption and food production. Social water security technologies are alternatives that help transform the reality of the semi-arid, contributing to a better quality of life of the population.

World Water Day

We've come to another World Water Day e, This 22 March 2011 2022, the debate is increasingly urgent about this indispensable resource for life on earth. This year, the UN (United Nations) highlights the importance of groundwater: how to make visible the invisible? According to the organization, it is estimated that 97% of fresh water in the world is underground.

Here in Brazil, we own the largest aquifers in the world, the Amazon and guarani. The first has 162,5 thousand cubic kilometers of stored water and the second, 37 thousand cubic kilometers of water. But all this abundance needs good management, that will contribute to achieving the majority of Sustainable Development Goals (Ods) Of Agenda 2030, including the Ods 6 Clean water and sanitation.

With a distribution marked by inequality and scarcity, we have seen an increasing disorder from the effects of climate crisis. In the last years, Brazil has experienced droughts and historical floods. Other human actions such as burned, deforestation and the use of pesticides also negativeimpact on the supply of these natural reservoirs. Groundwater is at risk of being polluted and, Consequently, will contaminate rivers and artesian wells.

Added to that, Brazilians need to worry about the Bill (PL) 4.546/2021, establishing the National Water Infrastructure Policy and is being called New Water Milestone. A real setback to the Law 9.433 of 1997, known as the Brazilian Water Law. Proposals for change contained in the PL with the New Water Framework, threaten a principle of water as a public good.

On the other hand,, our organization has been trying to mitigate the challenges of the water crisis in the Brazilian semi-arid, through the implementation of various social technologies with a focus on water security. Only last year, were more than 10 deep wells deployed or revitalized, more of 130 plate cisterns Built, 126 Aqualuz devices, to potabilize the water, Installed. In addition to desalinators, community fountains, bareiros trenches, tanks on stone slabs, reservoirs and a photovoltaic solar system for pumping water.

Promoting entrepreneurship and youth protagonism in the Northeast

This year, in partnership with the Neoenergy, let's start the Entrepreneurship course and Social Protagonism, with sixty (60) young people from the municipalities of São José do Sabugi and Santa Luzia in the state of Paraíba; e, of the municipalities of Lagoa Nova and Bodó, in Rio Grande do Norte.

The Entrepreneurship and Social Protagonism Course is one of the actions of the SER Program Education (health, Education and Income), executed by us in partnership with the Neoenergy Institute, around two Neoenergia Wind Farms. The SER Programme aims to contribute to the improving quality of life in neoenergy's influence communities, generating social impacts, Economic, environmental and educational positive, highlighting results and impacts on three strategic axes: health, Education and Income.

The EDUCATION axis of the SER Program seeks to expand the technical and managerial capacities of young people, so that they can undertake, social protagonists and agents of transformation in their communities, either individually, With their families, with other young people or even acting as managers in existing ventures.

Course Participants

They can participate in the Entrepreneurship and Social Protagonism Course, young people aged 18 e 32 years, who wish to undertake and contribute to local development of their communities and municipalities. With residence in one of the communities of operation of the SER Program: Candinha, Redinha de Cima, Redinha de Baixo, located in the municipality of São José do Sabugi/PB; in the Saco dos Goitis communities, Umbuzeiro Doce and Serra do Talhado, in the municipality of Santa Luzia/PB; in the municipality of Lagoa Nova/RN, Santa Rita communities, Sing sings, Massangana, Baixa Verde and in the municipality of Bodó/RN, Jatuarana communities, Paradise and Good Garden, or lives in neighboring communities.

The course and registrations are Free and classes will be held in person. Registration is open until the day 31/03.

Link to the registration form for young people from Paraíba: HTTPS://forms.gle/UcPoyANQXc6gSFfF8

Link to the registration form for young people from Rio Grande do Norte: HTTPS://forms.gle/SreNpDAo888THYAKv5

We are hiring Consultants(the) to work on our training projects

We start today, 14/03, the service contracting process for the execution of technical and managerial training activities with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and social protagonism of rural youth, as well as support in the improvement of pedagogical instruments, preparation of technical reports and service to the benefited public.

In addition to performing the operational functions of training with young people, it is expected that the Consultants(the) contractors also act in the proposition of innovative solutions focused on the capacity development of young people and farmers, implementation of social technologies and promotion of community collaborative arrangements. We believe that the capacity building of beneficiaries in the construction of their life projects is paramount to the promotion of local development.

We seek professionals with training in the areas of social sciences, human and/or interdisciplinary. With experience in: conducting short courses, Workshops, and/or other collective training activities, using the methodology of the cooperative approach; provision of collective and individual advisory services with a focus on entrepreneurship, local development and sustainability; working with rural development projects, family farming and socio-environmental impact; e, systematization, knowledge management and technical publications, analysis and preparation of pedagogical materials and writing of technical reports.

In the context of future contracting, a Terms of Reference between stakeholders with the objectives and working methodology. Interested persons should fill out the form available at this link: HTTPS://forms.gle/ijZNTs52uucke8HH7, deadline for shipping to 28/03/2022. The supporting documents to be attached are: CNPJ, RG and CPF of the company representative/consultancy; consultant's resume; portfolio of services provided by the company and proof of services provided. Interested people can ask questions by e-mail oportunidades@adel.org.br.

We started another group of the Young Rural Entrepreneur Program (PJER) in São Gonçalo do Amarante/CE

This week we celebrate the International Women's Day, we begin the face-to-face activities of the new class of our Rural Young Entrepreneur Program (PJER), with young people from the municipality of São Gonçalo do Amarante/CE, e, support of the Municipal Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (CMDCA).

This class, in particular, is made up mostly of women who seek to better structure their enterprises, generate more income and sustainability for their families. Throughout this week, they participate in the basic cycle of the Protagonism and Entrepreneurship course on Business and Socio-Environmental Impact.

For our Director of Programs, Aurigele Alves, training young entrepreneurs is always a great joy. "Start this formative process, that week, with a class composed of 70% of women, it's a great opportunity for us to multiply the idea that we women can undertake, occupy decision-making spaces, that we have potential, strength and capacity required to touch enterprises, achieve financial autonomy and the freedom to choose to be able to fulfill our dreams as well"., reinforces Aurigele.

According to the Director, the formation has this perspective of pointing out the opportunities and vocations of the territory in an innovative way, so that together with the local youth, implement solutions and technologies to mitigate hostility and challenges posed by the local demands pointed out.

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 opportunity will greatly contribute to these young people being able to invest in various areas in the. I'm very glad to see that women are the majority here in class, as in the secretariat i work, at Adel, and in various segments of society. We have a female claw to show", says Cleonilda Rodriguez, Executive Secretary of the Social Assistance Councils of São Gonçalo do Amarante/CE.

All stages of the PJER's formative process follow the health and safety recommendations to prevent the spread of Covid-19. They are held in airy places, structures that ensure the necessary distancing to maintain the safety of all persons involved in the.

Course Opening Class

The inaugural class of the Protagonism and Business Entrepreneurship and Socio-Environmental Impact Course took place in the training space, at the head of São Gonçalo do Amarante. It was an opportunity to listen to leaders, partners and the ideas of young people. One of the shared projects was the Rebeca Teixeira, 28, who lives in Taíba. The young woman has a virtual store of supplements and intends to expand her shares.

"I have a lot of expectations about the course, i want to learn more and better manage my business. From the course I intend to set up a physical space in my community and invest in the enterprise. I heard about the training on instagram and already guaranteed my registration, is an important opportunity for us young people. When I got here I saw that several girls also saw this", emphasizes Rebeca.

At the event, we count on the presence of Manoel Paiva Son, President of the CMDCA of São Gonçalo do Amarante/CE; Cleonilda Rodriguez, Executive Secretary of the Social Assistance Councils of São Gonçalo do Amarante/CE; Gilberto Uchôa, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of Labor and Social Development (STDS) of São Gonçalo do Amarante/CE; Monalisa Lima, representative of the Tutelary Council of São Gonçalo do Amarante/CE; e, Adriano Batista, our Executive Director.

"I thank adel's commitment and strength along this path with the CMDCA, in order to realize effective actions of changes in the life trajectory of children, adolescents and young people. That's for us who have a dream, we are filled with our hearts of hope that these effective and experienced actions over the years by Adel can contribute to the development of youth in the territory", points out Manoel Paiva.

 

Technical Note on the PL 6299/02 that makes the use of pesticides more flexible

The House of Representatives approved, on the last day 9 of February, the Bill 6299/02, original senate, which is the regulatory framework for the use of pesticides in Brazil. More specifically, Proposes, through changes in Law No. 7.802, of 1989, modify the pesticide registration system, its components and the like. Due to the changes approved by The, the PL 6299/02, back now to the senate for a new vote.

The PL was quickly popularly known as Poison Pack. The nickname makes perfect sense. According to the text of the Project, and although the Federal Constitution calls these products “Pesticides”, the term in the Law would change from pesticides to “pesticide“. The proposal also flexibilise so-called "pesticide" approval rules (that are, remember, Pesticides), allowing the registration of even more toxic products, like those that cause cancer, reproductive problems, hormonal and birth disorders. Besides that, the PL proposes to accumulate only in the Ministry of Agriculture (Map) the different decisions that deal with the release of these products - what, explicitly, would recognize only the components of agricultural productivity and business from the use of these substances, putting in the background their human aspects, social and environmental.

currently, the chain of approval of pesticides involves other organs, ministry of health and the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), technically operating in the chain responsible for assessing the toxicity of substances, considering aspects beyond those relating to business, especially beyond the interests of immense agricultural businesses and their corporations.

In Adel, we believe in the power that exists in community-based family farming. From the development of capacities of rural producers so that they can qualify and manage their productive and marketing activities so that they can gain competitiveness in the market. We believe in a sustainable agriculture model, that considers the human aspects, Cultural, social and environmental activities in the organization of productive activities, from innovations that are compatible with the realities of family farmers and that generate new practices and technologies that ensure viability and increase efficiency, productivity and profitability to rural enterprises and establishments. We believe that there are models of organization and management that make family farming economically viable and with great potential for business development at community level, such as the formation of cooperatives and other local productive arrangements based on community bonds, collaboration and reciprocity. Believe, so, in the farmer, families and communities.

We advocate for the construction of public policies that promote socio-productive inclusion and a democratic model of agricultural development, sustainable in all respects, considering social functions and the necessary ecosystem view on Brazilian biodiversity. Advising, so, for social and environmental justice, reflected in advances in legislation that place farmers and farmers at the heart of rural development strategies.

Family farmers are resilient entrepreneurs by nature, act in extremely hostile contexts, dealing with significant challenges to follow their production and ensure their livelihood. To preserve your ways of life, to stay in their communities, with scarce investments, often ignored or underrepresented in public policy building spaces. Practically invisible in the spheres that talk about how agro is pop in Brazil, with their trends and new technological solutions aimed at big business models. Family farming, Today, is overconsidered in the future vision of rural and agricultural development in Brazil.

As it is being deconsidered in this legislative process of the Poison PL. In which the debates, attentions and concerns are guided by agribusiness interests, of large corporations, minimizing your costs and maximizing your profitability. While all over the world, agricultural businesses, especially the large companies that work, invest in research and development of sustainable solutions so that they can grow considering the systemic impacts of their operations, creating shared value, and need to adapt to environmental legislation that seeks to protect people and communities, in Brazil, one tries to create here a corner on the planet where toxic agriculture is accepted and even stimulated, polluting and that leaves as legacy diseases that devastate families of rural workers and that also reach consumers of agricultural products (IE, to all of us), social inequality in the countryside and a trail of devastated land.

Adel's attention and concern, at this point, are focused on the rural communities and farmers' families.

Large agribusiness companies have the resources to afford the acquisition of Personal Protective Equipment (EPI) for your employees, to implement mechanisms to mitigate health impacts for them (all limited, that only reduce exposure, but do not guarantee total safety in an environment where aggressive use of poisons is allowed), to buy pesticides that are less aggressive maybe. They also have the resources to count on the services of the best law firms and lobbyists in the country, to bear the costs of thousands of lawsuits and to pay negotiated indemnities with families affected with illnesses and even the loss of loved ones – families that have no, generally, the slightest condition of having fair judicial representation, able to fight for their interests.

But Brazilian family farmers, in its vast majority, do not have those same conditions. They are at a disadvantage in these processes and there is no measure planned or even discussed to compensate for this gap between segments in Brazilian agricultural development. So they can stay minimally competitive, considering the proposed changes in the Poison PL, will be more exposed to extremely toxic substances. Lethal to themselves, who cannot afford the costs or have the same knowledge about the use of Personal Protective Equipment (EPI) and other security practices, and that they will need to buy more aggressive and poisonous pesticides, because they will be allowed to market on the market and will have lower and more affordable prices. And also harmful to consumers of the food they produce, for families and communities that use contaminated water. And we could continue here by shredding the many other systemic impacts of these toxic substances to absolutely the entire environment – until it reaches you and your family members, as far away as they appear to be from the front, where this war has left its first victims.

The Adel, so, advocates and asks the Senate, which will now follow up on the debate, legislation that considers the necessary systemic vision on a sustainable and fair rural and agricultural development model, to broaden its gaze beyond the perspective of big business and give visibility to the challenges of all actors in the production chains, especially for those in higher exposure situations, risk and vulnerability. That respects and protects Brazilian biodiversity, its fauna and flora, and that verse about the safety of the population, consumer of national agricultural products. To project a positive legacy for agriculture in the country, in rural communities and cities, for society as a whole.