Renova Foundation promotes compensatory, educational, environmental and economic actions, aimed at environmental revitalization and agroecological production
Through partnerships with cooperatives and training centers that work in agrarian reform settlements along the Doce River basin, the Renova Foundation is promoting compensatory actions with the objective of stimulating the revitalization of environmental liabilities in the Doce River basin and promoting agroecological production, in regions affected by the Fundao dam collapse (MG).
Among the actions are technical assistance projects on rural properties and the training of technicians in agroecology in Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo.
The settlements in which the cooperatives and training centers operate are recognized and formalized at the National Institute of Settlements and Agrarian Reform (Incra). In addition, some, mostly linked to the Landless Workers Movement (MST), were directly impacted by the collapse of the dam.
In Minas, the Renova Foundation signed partnerships with the Cooperative of Rural Agriculture Workers (COOPERTRAC), Central Peasant Cooperative of Minas Gerais (CONCENTRA) and Francisca Veras Training Center (CFFV).
The partnership with CFFV aims to train and qualify impacted settlers in order to act in the revitalization in a broad way (environmentally, productively, economically, socially and culturally).
The Territorial Education Action Plan, integrated into the Agroecological Program for Agrarian Reform Settlements in the Doce River Basin, provides for a training process, lasting three years, whose challenge is to build a pedagogical practice contextualized to the revitalization of the settlements affected by the Fundao dam collapse, based on the structuring of an agroecological transition model.
The education proposal will directly serve 1,120 people in the settlements in Minas Gerais, and will be structured in two lines: Training Courses for Trainers in Agroecology and Basic Training Courses.
The first aims to train agroecological farmers who contribute to the structuring of agroecological settlements, training trainers and social mobilizers, training teachers from schools in the settlements and leaders of associations and cooperatives.
There will be 120 hours, in six face-to-face stages, each stage lasting 20 hours, during which participants will study topics related to agroecological promotion and facilitation functions and practice agroecological experiences.
The Basic Training Courses, which will benefit 428 families in 10 settlements, will train people included in the Agroecology Program of the Agrarian Reform Settlements of the Doce River Basin for the agroecological model of production (ensuring the participation of women, children, young people, teenagers and seniors). The training will be practical and expanded, having Peasant Agroecology as a perspective and foundation.
For the environmental axis, the Renova Foundation also established a partnership with CFFV in Minas Gerais, to supply seedlings, seeds and planting for the reforestation of the Doce River Basin, seen as a way of stimulating the local economy.
The objective is to promote forest restoration and recovery of 800 hectares of Permanent Preservation Areas (PPAs) and Water Recharge Areas (ARHs) in four agrarian reform settlements, covered by the study of priority areas, located in the Doce river basin (Clause 161 of the TTAC), in the municipalities of Periquito, Santa Maria do Suaçuí and Jampruca, all in the Doce River Valley.
On the economic front, the partnership with CONCENTRA contributes to the broad revitalization (environmental, productive, economic, social and cultural) of the affected agrarian reform settlements in the region, through the strengthening of fruitful productive chains adapted to the Doce River Valley region, and also through production incentives, promotion of cooperativism, awareness and qualification of producers and processing of the generated raw material.
The productive promotion for the 173 families of the five settlements is being stimulated, with the occupation of 70 hectares of orchards, in the cities of Periquito and Tumiritinga, in the Doce River Valley. CONCENTRA also encourages the integration and training of these families in agroforestry systems.
In the compensatory scope, the Renova Foundation is implementing a productive project for an agro-industry in the Oziel Alves Pereira settlement, in Governador Valadares, for the production of 250 kilos of fruit per day.
With COOPERTRAC, the partnership takes the form of providing Social and Environmental Technical Assistance (ATES) services through the Programs for the Resumption of Farming Activities and Rural Environmental Registration.
The project with COOPERTRAC started in 2019 and is expected to last three years.
Some actions of this partnership already implemented:
Participation in food fairs;
Implementation of Agroforestry Systems;
Training in the form of courses on topics demanded by settlers;
One-off consultations on the topic of cattle farming and cassava processing;
Strengthening of issues involving the gender theme;
Work in the supply line in institutional markets;
The technicians received courses on the following topics: MaxPar from EMATER, Youth in the Countryside, Poultry, Pig farming, among other topics;
Strengthening of local associations;
Individual assistance in the form of Technical Visits and;
Collective service in the form of Collective Activities.