Plant food with respect to forest cycles. Using the productive capacity of nature itself to plant food, without deforesting, without using chemicals, without ending up with available water resources. Take care of the land and understand production as a system. Respect social relations around production.
This is what translates briefly what the Agro-Ecological Agroforestry Systems are, which are part of the advance in theory, practice and implementation by the settlers of the Rural Landless Workers Movement (MST) of Pernambuco.
Last week, around 30 male and female farmers from all regions of the state participated in the Agroforestry Course facilitated by agroforestry worker Namaste Messerschmidt, at the Che Guevara Settlement, in the Metropolitan Region of Recife. There were two days of immersion in the land and plantations of the settlement, under the methodology of “Agroforestry at the foot of the plant”.
The initiative is part of a set of MST actions for the agroforestry transition of all farmers in the state. For Paulo Mansan, from the state direction of the movement, these steps indicate a fairer and healthier path.
“We are implementing the ‘peasant to peasant’ technique, which, in short, has no government or organization incentive. It is us peasants learning, sharing, experimenting and building a new way of producing food. And this impacts our goal of planting thousands of trees this year alone, as well as the quality of the food we offer people”, he says.
Namaste has been involved in agroforestry since he was 12 years old and highlights the important contribution of movements such as the MST, which make a political decision to produce sustainably, understanding that nature itself is the one who does agriculture best.
“I usually say that the MST has a technology to bring people together and agroforestry has the technology to gather plants. This is a marriage that has been working very well. The ability of the MST to return people to the countryside to produce agriculture that regenerates is very powerful” emphasizes the agroforester.
And having this capacity to produce in a format that contributes to expansion and better conditions for nature is already a practice of the farmer Jercinda Maria da Costa, who is from the Chico Mendes III Settlement, in the municipality of Paudalho, who participated in the course.
“We already produce organics, I learned it myself from my father, he didn’t use any type of poison. These two days here I learned a lot, especially about ground cover. And I will take the knowledge to my neighbors in my settlement. This exchange of knowledge is very important. In my little land, a lot will change now”, projects Jercinda.
Source: BoF Pernambuco
Edition: Vanessa Gonzaga