Program promotes access to water and values quilombola culture in Paraíba

In order to expand learning opportunities and enhance quilombola culture, Adel and Neoenergia started in 2019, through the SER Program – health, Education and Income, strategy developed with the support of the Neoenergy Institute, two projects with the quilombola community Girl's Cross, located in the municipality Dona Inês, in Paraíba.

The projects 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.

The Cruz da Menina community arose around 1850. It is formed by 100 families and was recognized in 2008, As Quilombo Remnant Community, By Palmares Cultural Foundation. The quilombola families of Cruz da Menina seek to overcome the practice of subsistence culture and continue to respect their ancestral values, while investing in sustainable development strategies, to ensure a dignified life.

Bianca Cristina, 38, Farmer, graduated in letters and representative of the National Coordination of Articulation of Rural Black Communities Quilombolas (CONAQ), is one of the leaders of the community that believes in the leading role of maroon women to promote local development. Since the 12 years, Bianca does social work in the community, and is currently Cultural Director of the Local. She is also President of the State Coordination of Black Communities Quilombolas of Paraíba (CECMEQ).

According to Bianca, quilombola women are instrumental in combating the social invisibility of local culture. "These communities are spaces for the maintenance and resistance of black culture, even of their African ancestry, which has its survival linked to the leadership of black women", highlights.

Cross of the Girl still keep alive the traditions inherited from its ancestors and preserves various traces of its culture and history. Among the cultural manifestations of the community are the groups of Coco de Roda and Ciranda, formed mainly by women, that are presented at cultural and educational events in Paraíba and other Brazilian states.

In the pandemic, sociocultural activities were reduced, but Bianca emphasizes that the Association continued with the help of partners carrying out some actions to support families. "One of the main fronts of the community is this leadership that we have, that's the spirit of our work. We always did campaigns, but almost stopped everything because of the virus, mas com a ajuda de parceiros encontramos a força para continuar a luta. A gente vem atendendo muitas famílias carentes de comunidade locais, we give almost five thousand food baskets to families. Another achievement of the quilombola movement that came at a good time."

SER Program Actions

The actions of the SER - Health Program, Education and Income were initiated in Cruz da Menina after conducting a diagnostic study with the community in 2019 to realize local opportunities and demands. Due to the pandemic context, only in April 2021, The Adel team, executing entity of the Program, revitalized the deep well that supplies the community.

For Bianca, the action came to strengthen the expertise of local residents and contribute to the community. "We see this project as a complement to improve what we have already been developing. At the moment we are going calmly because of the pandemic, but we hope to be able to participate in more workshops soon. We continue to believe in better days and the important strength of having help from partners and institutions such as Adel and Neoenergia", highlights.

In the coming months, workshops are planned to be held on: associations and cooperation for local development; coexistence with the semi-arid; water management; water desalination system; entrepreneurship and management of small and medium-sized enterprises; handicraft and handmade design; rural tourism; and cooking. A water desalination system will also be installed; the construction of the Quilombola Cruz da Menina Cultural Center; e, technical advisory sessions for the management and management of collective equipment installed.




Executive Director of Adel participates in the Diálogos project at UFCA

Last Wednesday (28), Adriano Batista, Executive Director of Adel, participated in the remote meeting of discipline: state, Brazilian Society and Economy, of the Course of Public Administration and Social Management (APGS) promoted by the Center for Applied Social Sciences (CCSA) Of Cariri Federal University (UFCA).

The initiative is part of the Dialogues: Sharing Experiences, Knowledge and Knowledge – APGS 10 years. Seeks to contribute to the technical-political and ethical training of professionals and researchers to act as public administrators and/or social managers, capable of interpreting contemporary challenges and committed to local and global sustainable development.

The meeting was mediated by the Professor Alberto Teixeira, reiterated Adel's role in the social and political context and the importance of social technologies implemented to promote local development. Adriano presented to the students his academic and professional trajectory, Adel's work carried out in the last thirteen years, the emergence and current scenario of the organization.

" Adel arose from our desire to bring technical and scientific knowledge to communities. We started exchanging ideas with young people and farmers and decided to undertake. Share knowledge is key to advancing effective local development strategies", reported Adriano.

Screenshot during online course.

The creation of Adel is the result of the mobilization of young people from rural communities in the semi-arid region of Ceará who had the opportunity to attend university in the capital of Ceará, Fortress, and chose to return to the region, where they were born and raised, to invest the knowledge and skills acquired for the benefit of the local development.

In 2007, these young people got organized and began to act in the region Pentecost, in northern Ceará, where they founded Adel to support small-size rural producers in vulnerable situations with a focus on strengthening family farming. Today, the institution operates throughout the Northeast region.

As Adriano pointed out at the meeting, Adel's expansion is the result of its Governance. "In recent years, we have advanced in the implementation of a governance model appropriate to the professionalization. We prioritize analysis and decision-making processes at the strategic level and improve internal mechanisms of control and planning".

Adel carries out partnerships with teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs com o objetivo de sistematizar, evaluate and produce references on local development. All this knowledge is shared with the market and with the academy to engage new actors in a technical dialogue on concepts and development strategies in Brazil. Collaborating with the training of UFCA students is part of this strategy.

Live on Youth Protagonism and Digital Culture Marks Project

Next Monday (02/08), at 16h, a Local Economic Development Agency (Adel) in partnership with the Lina Galvani Institute promote the live launch of the carried out with young people from the Angico dos Dias community, in the municipality of Campo Alegre de Lourdes, in Bahia.

The event takes place live on Adel's YouTube channel. With the theme "Youth protagonism and digital culture" live will count on the participation of Eduarda Ribeiro, Digital Communicator and member of Palmas Lab; Ranislene Fernandez, young community leadership in Angico dos Dias; e Talmon Lima, Youtuber and Screenwriter at Vetinflix.

The three young people will share their experiences of Role from their local contexts, presenting the challenges and dreams. The moment marks the beginning of the formative activities of the Projeto

The project aims to strengthen youth protagonism and rural entrepreneurship in Angico dos Dias s, combining the existing potential in the territory with the new Information and Communication Technologies (ict) and other digital solutions, to generate social transformations, positive economic and cultural developments in the community in the coming years.

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Live on Food Safety Marks Family Farming Day

In the week, in which is celebrated the International Family Farming Day, Adel will perform, in the next Thursday (29), at 6 p.m., on your YouTube channel and LinkedIn, a Live "The Role of Family Farming in Food Security".

The event is attended by the Professor at the Federal University of Ceará, Jose Arimatea Bezerra, specialist in Popular Health Education and Management Coordinator of the Collaborating Center on School Feeding and Nutrition (CECANE/UFC). A mediation will be on behest the Business Advisor of Adel, Régma Queiroz, professional with experience in managing rural development programmes.

Family farming is the main regime for the organization of rural production in Brazil. It is the activity responsible for the production of most of the food that arrives at brazilian tables today. Not only in Brazil, but in the world: according to the United Nations (UN), family farming is responsible for 80% of world food production.

They are about 15 millions of rural workers, 74% of the labor employed in the field, in 4 millions of rural establishments, answering for almost 40% domestic domestic product, being the main food source in Brazil. The Northeast Region concentrates approximately 50% of the country's family farming establishments.

Although family farming is a key part of ensuring the food and nutritional security of the population, public policies aimed at its promotion have been gradually destructuring, in particular the Program for strengthening Family Agriculture (Pronaf) and the Food Acquisition Program (PAA).

This situation contributes to the worsening food insecurity in the country, intensified by the Covid-19 Pandemic. According to data from the Brazilian Network of Research on Food and Nutrition Sovereignty and Security (Penssan) disclosed in 2020, Are 19 millions of Brazilians in food insecurity.

According to Gláucio Gomes, Development Director at Adel, in small rural properties live families that produce food that contributes to meet, with fairer price offer, to demand from all over the country and that, at the same time, the social segment most affected by scenarios of extreme poverty and food insecurity in Brazil.

"This is one of the great contradictions of our society. Sustainable development and social justice involves strengthening family farming. And farmers and farmers need access to knowledge and technology, technical support, availability of public policies that form a sound social safety net to ensure their fundamental rights. The gain of productivity and profitability in family farming in Brazil would represent a unique positive social impact and a true transformation in the reality of the field in the country", highlights.

On this week's Live, Adel hopes to strengthen the debate on public policies aimed at strengthening family farming and how this activity can help combat hunger, social phenomenon, political and economic policy that has been intensifying in Brazil. To participate in the meeting, subscribe to the Adel channel of Youtube.

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Adel carries out projects in the Northeast in partnership with Neoenergia

A Local Economic Development Agency (Adel), through its area of New Business, Performs, in partnership with the Neoenergy and support from the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), Three (3) development projects in two (2) states of the Northeast - Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte.

The projects are part of the SER Program – health, Education and Income, a strategy developed with the support of the Neoenergia Institute that aims to contribute to improving the quality of life in neoenergy's influence communities, generating social impacts, Economic, environmental and educational positive.

After carrying out Socioeconomic Diagnoses of the territories of operation of the projects, Adel's field team started, in the last month, the mobilization of families and young people to participate in the projects. This activity consists of the presentation in each territory of the strategy and registration of the participants.

For the Adel's New Business Director, Wagner Gomes, the partnership with Neoenergia is an opportunity to expand and consolidate the institution's operations in the Northeast. "It is extraordinary for Adel to expand its actions in the communities of Rio Grande do Norte and expand its operations to the State of Paraíba. I'm sure, we will learn a lot from the implementation and development of these projects. Neoenergy, just like Adel, believes and invests in sustainable development rural areas through education actions and income generation with a view to improving the socioeconomic and environmental conditions of families".

These projects are expected to contribute to the elevation of hdi (Human Development Index) of the five (5) municipalities contemplated: Bodó and Lagoa Nova, in Rio Grande do Norte; Dona Inês, Saint Joseph of Sabugi and Santa Luzia, in Paraíba. In the municipality of Dona Inês, in particular, the initiative takes place in the quilombola community Cross of the Girl, formed by 73 families and recognized since 26 March 2011 2008, as a Quilombo Remnant Community by the Palmares Foundation.

The communities benefited by the projects are high socioeconomic and environmental vulnerability. These are territories with great difficulties in access to water, basic sanitation and education. Territories resilient and with immense creative potential, able to develop from the implementation of new social technologies, access to knowledge and income generation.

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

A Qair Brazil and the Adel (Local Economic Development Agency) Throw, this Friday (23), o Caatinga Seeds, podcast on Environmental Education. The production was based on the partnership of Eco Nordeste Content Agency.

The Caatinga Seeds is aimed at teachers and traditional communities and family farmers of the Brazilian Semi-arid. Composed of 15 episodes in five series, talks about the importance of Environmental Education in the 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.

Coming soon, Caatinga Seeds will be available in the main podcast aggregators and WhatsApp of qair environmental education program participants. Those interested in the themes can listen to Sementes da Caatinga on their favorite player and at any time on qair Brasil websites, by Adel, econordeste, and other streaming platforms: Spotify, Deezer e Google Podcast.

Caatinga Seeds

The Caatinga Seeds podcast 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 Macao, 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. Listen to the caatinga Seeds podcast launch presentation at the links below.



Google Podcast

Adel and Lina Galvani Institute start project with young people in Bahia

This week, a Adel and the Lina Galvani Institute started the activities of the in the community Angico of Days, located in the municipality of Campo Alegre de Lourdes, in Bahia. The project aims to strengthen youth protagonism and rural entrepreneurship In Angico dos Dias, combining the existing potential in the territory with the new Information and Communication Technologies (ict) and other digital solutions, to generate social transformations, positive economic and cultural developments in the community in the coming years.

Angico of Days is a community located about 72 kilometers from the headquarters of the municipality Campo Alegre de Lourdes, in Bahia, and just the 12 kilometers from the city of Caracol, in Piauí. Near three hundred families and a little over a thousand inhabitants live in the community, who have their main activities that generate subsistence and income to small agriculture and livestock.

Angico of Days, municipality Campo Alegre de Lourdes, Bahia

Initially will be selected Twenty (20) young people from the community to participate in the project and the Protagonism and Digital Culture course. The Course will address knowledge about life project, human rights, Role, leadership, local development, entrepreneurship, information and communication technology and management. In addition to training, the project foresees the implementation of a Integrated Access Center for Information and Communication Technology managed by young people themselves and with long-term economic and financial sustainability.

How young people can participate

They can participate in the project/course young people from 14 a 29 years that live in Angico dos Dias and who wish to contribute to the local development of your community and municipality. Registrations are open and the course is totally free. Activities will be carried out remotely (via computer, cell phone, tablet or notebook) and face-to-face. Registration slates to 06 august and must be made at the following link:

Interested parties can contact you through WhatsApp (11) 94167-5247 to learn more about the initiative and the rules for participation.


Efficient stoves change the reality of families in the Semi-arid

The new adjustment in cooking gas prices puts us once again on alert: you have to think sustainable and efficient energy alternatives that meet the needs of families living in the Brazilian Semi-Arid.

A World Health Organization (Who) esteem that in the world there are about 2,8 billions of people who depend on solid fuels to cook your food. In northeastern Brazil, a significant number of families living in rural areas also depends on the, almost exclusively, of firewood to prepare your food. With the recurring increases in the price of cooking gas, this number tends to grow and generate concern.

The use of the traditional wood stove causes a set of social impacts, environmental and health-related. Most of these stoves have low energy efficiency. Demand a much higher consumption of plant biomass, as the use of heat is not complete and burning occurs more quickly. In addition to low efficiency, the smoke emission from the stoves inside the houses, where they are usually installed, can cause respiratory diseases, cardiac and ophthalmologic, affecting family members. WHO data indicate that smoke from traditional stoves is the second leading cause of death in rural areas.

Based on the principles of eco-efficiency, was developed the ecoefficient stove, also known as ecofogão, A sustainable alternative, simple, low-cost and with large positive impacts. The ecoefficient cooker aims to produce maximum heat using the lowest amount of plant biomass. Technology contributes to the decrease in deforestation, one of the main threats to the Caatinga biome, in addition to reducing the emission of polluting gases into the ecosystem.

The ecoefficient stove consists of a masonry structure; a combustion chamber of refractory material, that withstands high temperatures and reduces by up to 50% biomass consumption; thermal insulation; a cast iron grate that increases combustion oxygenation; and a chimney that directs smoke directly out of the houses. These principles optimize the burning of firewood, generate more energy and produce scant smoke.

The installation of e-coefficient stoves is part of the Local Economic Development Agency (Adel), of sustainable coexistence with the Caatinga Biome. With a slower regeneration rate, compared to any other Brazilian biome due to the climate characteristics. This year, Adel has already implemented, in the service of Qair, New Year, 30 coefficient stoves in the rural communities serra nova and cabeço dos Mendes, in Rio Grande do Norte. It also plans to take this social technology, in the service of Neoenergy, for others 20 families in the municipalities of Lagoa Nova and Bodó, in Rio Grande do Norte, e, Santa Luzia and St. Joseph of Sabugi, in Paraíba.

For the Adel Communications Director, Ayobami Abreu, the dissemination of social technologies is essential to build a horizon of change and possibilities of living in the Semi-arid. "Families living in the Semi-arid depend on natural resources to carry out their activities. That's why, it takes reduce social and environmental impacts and take better care of the Caatinga Biome. Ecoficient stoves, in addition to improving the air quality of families, they protect the native forests. The gains are diverse and we have a lot to celebrate with this action".

Adel assists and stimulates the protagonism and entrepreneurship of LGBT+ youth

In the month in which the International LGBT Pride Day, a Adel (Local Economic Development Agency) began the face-to-face activities of the Project "Diversity and Rural Development: LGBTQ+ Youth Protagonists in the Semiarid of Ceará". The Project is part of the Rural Young Entrepreneur Program (PJER), by Adel.

Thirty (30) jovens LGBTQ+ são auxiliados na criação de seus business and/or social impact projects in their communities, through access to knowledge, credit, collaborative networks and technologies. Young people live in eight (8) Municipalities Ceará: Apuiarés, Caucaia, General Sampaio, Paracuru, Pentecost, São Gonçalo do Amarante, São Luís do Curu and Tejuçuoca.

Project activities are happening in a way that Hybrid. In addition to virtual meetings, young people participate in a process of immersion throughout the training cycles, with at most 10 young people at every meeting, respecting all health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

A Adel Program Coordinator, Raquel Ferreira, that the young people in the project have the opportunity to learn about various concepts such as: local development, Role, entrepreneurship, management and communication. "In the base cycle, young entrepreneurs learn about concepts and tools for planning, creation, management and development of rural enterprises. They analyze the contexts in which they wish to undertake, identify the opportunities and, So, start the preparation of their business projects".

Os jovens selecionados nesta edição do projeto foram divididos em two groups due to pandemic. As atividades do primeiro grupo aconteceram esta semana na sede de Apuiarés. Next week, between days 29 from June to 2 July, the face-to-face training will be with the rest of the class at the headquarters of the municipality of São Luís do Curu.

Dhyana Lopes, 24, transvestite, is one of the LGBTQ+ young women benefited by the. Hairdresser in the municipality of Apuiarés, opened his salon recently. In addition to being an entrepreneur, want to act in the future as a Social Worker.

Dhyana Lopes, young woman benefited.

"This week I learned a lot. In addition to understanding more about managing my business, i felt more stimulated to seek new knowledge. After forming, want to invest in a social service college, be one of the first in my family to have higher education. We, LGBTQ+ youth, we need a family that supports us and projects like this one from Adel so that we can believe even more in our potential", highlights.

The PJER Diversity seeks to promote socio-productive inclusion lgbtq+ young people from expanding their skills, potentialities and vocations. In 2019, Adel benefited 25 rural youth through the. The two editions of the project are supported by the Itaú and More Diversity, through the LGBT+ Pride Edict, that seeks to give visibility, safety and respect lgbt+ people.

Human Right to Adequate Food

On Monday, 7, a Local Economic Development Agency (Adel) held the workshop "Human Right to Adequate Food", facilitated by the Business Advisor to the organization, Regma Queiroz. This was the first of three free workshops to be held during the month of June. The meetings focus on the importance of environmental best practices to improve food security and strengthen biodiversity.

About forty-five people among teachers, students, young, farmers and adel employees participated in the first workshop, which addressed topics such as vicious circle of hunger, human rights and human right to adequate food. There was also a debate on advances in legal frameworks to guarantee this right to, as well as the importance of women in this context.

Print workshop broadcast "Human Right to Adequate Food".

According to the National Council for Food and Nutrition Security, the human right to adequate food physical and economic access of all people to food and resources, as employment or land, to ensure this access on an ongoing basis.

According to a study by Free University of Berlin and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Brazil is the second largest world food exporter, however, 3 in each 4 households located in rural areas were in a situation of food insecurity, between August and December 2020. This means that of each 4 rural households, 3 starve or eat badly.

Food production is enough to feed the population of planet Earth. However, most people don't have access to food, because they're missing employment and income generation policies and there is an immense concentration of land. Joshua de Castro, researcher and author of the book "The Geography of Hunger", said that hunger is a political issue. It's not a matter of the market.

We are hungry in Brazil, due to social inequality. An example of this is the high price of rice that, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), suffered in 12 high months of 57% until April this year. Soybean oil (82%), black bean (42%), Meat (35%) and the gas canister (21%).

Second Regma, hunger worsened from 2016, with the dismantling of public policies food security, with the closure of the National Council for Food and Nutrition Security (CONSEA), the closure of the Interministerial Chamber of Food and Nutrition Security, e, the end of the Ministry of Agrarian Development, which concentrated actions to support family farming.

"The situation has worsened even more in the pandemic, because the main channels of marketing of family farming products have been suspended, like the PNAE, the PAA and the municipal fairs. So, what can be done? Empowering people who experience the problem to (re)know and fight for the right to proper feeding; ensure work and income; advance with agrarian reform; resume income transfer policies in an emergency and structuring manner", affirms adel's Business Advisor.

encourage educational practices on food safety contribute to the development of food social and environmental awareness of people, understanding that through effective public projects and policies for the Field, that offer access to knowledge, Consultants, credit and technologies to producers(the), it is possible to generate income, local development and the right to adequate food.

James the Baptist, Master in Environmental Management and workshop participant, states that the workshop was quite fruitful. "I would like to congratulate you on the rich content, quality and quantitative aspects, very good the workshop. It made us also reflect on this point of food as the basis of our health, that it doesn't just come down to the amount, but also for the quality. We always have to think about the path of the production chain and observe the origin of this food"., strengthens.

For those who could not follow the workshop in real time, she finds herself available on Adel's YouTube channel:

Later this month, Adel will perform more two workshops. The next day happens 14, at 14h, with the theme Sustainability and conservation of the Caatinga, facilitated by the Adel Program Coordinator, Raquel Ferreira. The third and final workshop takes place day 21, at 14h, with the theme Composting and Environmental Education in the Semi-arid, facilitated by William Ribeiro, Socio-environmental Analyst at Adel.

All workshops are Free and happen via google meet. Prior registration is required.

14/06, at 14h, Caatinga Sustainability and Conservation Workshop: HTTPS://

21/06, at 14h, Composting and Environmental Education Workshop in the Semi-arid: HTTPS://