Farms in the Atlantic Rainforest opened with the old practice of slash-and-burn, an inadequate non-sustainable production system. This led to severe degradation of soil, water and the landscape, causing growing rural poverty and smallholders to migrate to cities. The project will promote awareness and knowledge of environmental conservation and sustainable development forest farming for rural economic rehabilitation, keeping environment-minded farmers and their families on their land.
Better land use and introduction of new models for ecological and economical sustainable production. Train farmers in agro-forestry technology, showing that better and more lasting returns can be obtained from these production systems.
Our work is directly relevant to more than 2 million people in our neighboring counties and indirectly to many more inhabitants of the Paraiba do Sul River Valley. I believe our example will also have growing national relevance.