Strengthening Family Agriculture in the Northeast

About three years ago, we're side by side with the Neoenergy, performing actions of the SER Program – health, Education and Income, in two states of northeastern Brazil: Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte. In the state of Potiguar, social impact projects are carried out in the municipalities of Bodó and Lagoa Nova and aim to develop 509 families (2.036 People), in seven rural communities, from the local vocations and potentialities.

The communities served in Bodó are Jatuarana, Paradise and Good Garden. Already in Lagoa Nova, are Massangana, Lower Green, Sings Galo and Santa Rita. In the Income axis, for example, we are working on the implementation of social technologies for the development of family farming and the strengthening of local productive arrangements.

In Jatuarana, two social technologies are already being implemented: the economic beds and a nursery of seedlings. Initially, we held a training meeting with the local settlement women's group to discuss sustainable development and diversity in their productive backyards and have the participation of nine women – all will benefit from economic construction sites. Total, will be built 12 flower beds in the community.

The moment happened in a practical way in a backyard where there was no production of any kind. We dialogue about economic and sustainable development in rural communities, from a harmonious coexistence with the semi-arid climate, through social technologies, low-cost and easy-to-implement alternatives, that aggregate information and knowledge to change the local reality.

During the meeting, women participated in the construction of the first economic construction site of Jatuarana, in order to insert them into the decision-making process and construction of this technology. We also emphasize the importance of vegetable production for food and nutrition security of families, providing permanent access to food for consumption, as well as the possibility of selling the surplus in the community itself, generating health and income.

"I'm loving my flower bed, in the picture we think one thing, but seeing being built is another reality, didn't know it was great so, i'm going to plant everything a little bit and i'll still plant medicinal herbs to make tea, that I love", celebrates Francielly de Lira, Farmer who also works as a day laborer and first benefited to receive the economic construction site.

The main difference of this type of construction site is in irrigation; while traditional models use on average 20 liters of water, the economic uses five liters. This social technology significantly reduces water consumption in the production of vegetables. Like this, is an important strategy of coexistence with the semi-arid.

Beyond the flower beds, was also built and delivered a permanent nursery for the production of fruit seedlings, able to meet the demands of the community. Equipped with wheelbarrows, gardening tools, bags of seedlings and sowing, the nursery has 25 m² and has a production capacity of approximately 4,000 seedlings. The productive focus is cashew and passion fruit seedlings, since fruit growing is one of the main agricultural activities in the region and the acquisition of seedlings has always been one of the great difficulties faced by local producers.

The nursery proposes to strengthen local fruit growing, promoting the valorization and protagonism of family farming community-based, from the collective organization of the community, in addition to generating income and work. 24 families will benefit directly from the nursery and will be responsible for the production of seedlings and maintenance of the.

About the SER Program

The SER Program – health, Education and Income is a strategy of Neoenergia, developed with the support of the Neoenergy Institute, to contribute to improving the quality of life in the company's communities of influence, close to wind and transmission projects, generating social impacts, Economic, environmental and educational positive, highlighting results and impacts on three strategic axes: health, Education and Income.

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