The experience refers to the actions undertaken by EMATER/RS-Ascar, and in partnership with AREDE and Rede Ecovida de Agroecologia – Núcleo Missões, with the objective of helping family farmers obtain the Organic Conformity Certificate. The work was divided into three stages: data collection and identification of family farmers in the region who proposed to develop agro-ecological and organic cultivations; mobilization, training, and organization of producers and; the creation of the center of technical and pedagogical monitoring.   

Seventy farming families have already been certified. In seven of the properties monitored there are 11 young persons who returned to the property and are now participating in the productive sector. Three agro-industries were also certified. The certification enabled the opening of new markets and an increase in the sale of organic products.

 

A - General Information

 

BEGGINING: 2013 (in progress)

PROJECT-EXECUTING AGENCIES: EMATER/RS-Ascar; Regional Association of Education, Research and Development (in Portuguese, Associação Regional de Educação, Desenvolvimento e Pesquisa – AREDE) and; Rede Ecovida de Agroecologia – Núcleo Missões.

CO-EXECUTING AGENCIES: Central Cooperative of Family Farming Ltd. (Cooperativa Central da Agricultura Familiar Ltda – UNICOOPER).

PARTNERS: Rural Development Secretariat of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, EMBRAPA Clima Temperado and Ministry of Agrarian 

SUBMITTED BY: Marita Claudete Minetto

RESOURCES: Own and from third parties.

VALUE RANGEbetween US$ 15,000 and 25,000.

CATEGORY: Project.

MAIN THEMATIC AREAS: Socio-Productive Inclusion.

KEYWORDS: Family Agriculture, Organic agriculture, Agroecology, Rural young people, Organic Certification.

TARGET GROUP: Family farmers, rural young people, associations and cooperatives. The beneficiaries are the consumers, and collective buying organized groups. 

GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE: Northwestern Mesoregion of Rio Grande do Sul - EMATER/RS-Ascar covers 44 municipalities in the regions of the Northwestern Border COREDES Fronteira Noroeste, and Missões do Rio Grande do Sul. On the other hand, AREDE serves 29 municipalities.

SPECIFIC AREA OF DEPLOYMENT:  Rural properties with agroecological organic production in the municipalities of Alecrim, Bossoroca, Campina das Missões, Cândido Godói, Dezesseis de Novembro, Porto Vera Cruz, Porto Xavier, Santa Rosa, Santo Cristo, São Luiz Gonzaga, São Paulo das Missões and Tucunduva. The families organized into six groups by geographical proximity: Ecoden: Bossoroca, Dezesseis de Novembro and São Luiz Gonzaga; Integration: Campina das Missões, Cândido Godói and São Paulo das Missões; Natureza Limpa (Clean Nature): Santa Rosa; Pioneiros do Porto (Port Pioneers): Porto Vera Cruz and Tucunduva; Renovação (Renewal): Porto Xavier; Viva Bem (Live Well): Alecrim and Santo Cristo.

  

B - Description of the practice

 

1- BACKGROUND

In recent decades, the concerns about rural families in the region were mainly focused, on the one hand, on the tensions relating to the future of agriculture post-green revolution conventional model, and, on the other hand, the lack of sufficient knowledge for the development of sustainable agriculture models, without the use of agrochemicals. The few organic producers in the region faced difficulties relating to the marketing of their product and organic certification. In early 2000s, certification was exclusively granted by companies, and the cost was high. Producers who did not possess the certification were denied entry into the formal market of organic products, such as supermarkets and restaurants. At the same time, motivated by public policies that came to facilitate the agro-ecological transition or improve the process of organization and certification of organic products, spaces for discussion on the production of clean food and healthy eating were created. Government programs were being implemented, and the farmers realized that they could find support in technical assistance and in the legal system (Law 10831/03 - Normative Instruction no. 46, 6 October 2011/MAPA). In 2013, the time had come to unite the work that the agencies had been developing for organic crops with the certification. Successful experiences in other cities provided examples of success in participatory certification.
   

2- GENERAL OBJECTIVE

Helping family farmers to obtain a Certificate of Organic Conformity using the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS).

Specific objectives:

• Identifying the farmers of the region that are willing to grow agroecological and organic crops;

• Qualifying the work of family farmers involved in production, organizational and economic activities;

• Involving young people, women and their families in the production of organic foods;

• Providing capacity building for the construction and exchange of knowledge about the production system and organic certification;

• Facilitating the access to organic products and to public policies for purchasing of food.

 

3 - ADOPTED SOLUTION

The certification process through the participatory guarantee system began in 2013, in a joint effort of EMATER/RS-Ascar and AREDE. Initially, the EMATER/RS-Ascar and AREDE strategies were aligned, then the Rede Ecovida was consulted on the formation of a local/regional center responsible for ensuring the legitimacy of the certification through the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS). Holding meetings and technical visits was essential to define a participatory methodology.

The first local action of the project consisted in the identification of family farmers who already produced or were interested in implementing the agroecological system. This survey was carried out in the municipalities of Alecrim, Bossoroca, Campina das Missões, Cândido Godói, Dezesseis de Novembro, Porto Vera Cruz, Porto Xavier, Santa Rosa, Santo Cristo, São Luiz Gonzaga, São Paulo das Missões and Tucunduva. Soon afterward, actions were carried out to engage and mobilize farmers. These actions consisted in:

a) The formation of groups by geographical proximity; and the construction of knowledge through meetings and training;
b) Organization of Field Days; technical support and advice regarding the difficulties that had arisen in the productive sector; and guided visits for the observation and assessment of the properties;
c) Traveling to learn about experiences; and the forwarding of documentation for obtaining the Certificate of Organic Conformity after informed inspections.

The experiences and the agroecological practices of these families, aligned with the Núcleo Missões da Rede Ecovida, are based on the National Plan for Agroecology and Organic Production (Planapo) and arranged in such a way as to permit differentiated marketing upon presentation of the Certificate. The groups comprehend at least three families. New participants are incorporated when the others show interest and approval, after visiting the property. The meetings occur periodically and are recorded in the book of minutes, prioritizing the change of the places where they are held so that each one can gain a better understanding of their peers’ properties. The visits are organized by the coordinators of the center and follow legal guidelines contained in the Law of Organic Products (10831/03) and Normative Instruction no. 46, 6 October 2011/MAPA.

During the inspection visits for the evaluation of the obtainment or renewal of the certificate, the following criteria is considered: presentation of the crops management book; field notebook; map of the property; plant barriers; family participation in meetings of the group evidenced in the book of minutes; inputs used for the maintenance and recovery of soil fertility; the situation of the surroundings of the residence; and the destination of animal production waste, among others. All the aspects observed must comply with the guidelines made by the center and with the principles of agroecology.

Once production has been certified, and with active participation in training and advisory sessions, the farmers and their children, beneficiaries of the certification process, are ready to sell their products in local fairs, consumer groups, in their property or with the direct delivery of products to cooperatives. Institutional programs such as the Food Acquisition Program (FAP) and the National School Meal Program (NSMP), are other efficient and guaranteed mechanisms for the marketing of products.

  

4 - RESULTS ACHIEVED

Among the results achieved through integrated actions for Organic Compliance Certification, the following stand out:

- Seventy families have already received organic certification;
- Three Agro-industries certified. One of the agro-industries processed and marketed a total of 22 tons of brown sugar in 2015, and 28 tons in 2016;
- Active participation of young people and the return of young people to the rural environment. It was observed that seven properties registered the return of 11 young people from the urban environment. These young people are participating in the productive process and intend to stay in the property, advancing the organic and agroecological production projects;
- Adding value to production and stimulating the self-esteem of the families involved in the process of production of organic foods;
- The organization of production and market access enabled an average increase of 30% in the marketing of organic products;
- The opening of new markets, visibility for family agriculture and improvements in income. Certified organic foods started to take up spaces in the Public Market of Santa Rosa, "Brique da praça" (a street fair) on Sundays, marketing through websites, messaging applications, Internet (e-mail), inclusion of organic foods in the Food Acquisition Program (FAP) and the National School Meal Program (NSMP), specific shelves for organic products at the sales outlet of Central de Cooperativas (UNICOOPER) and direct marketing to groups of consumers;
- Sale of almost ten tons of organic foods for two continuous years (fortnightly) to a group of consumers in a neighboring municipality;
- Regular training offered to the center in the production, processing, and marketing of organic products.

 

5 - RESOURCES

Human resources: Taking into account the fact that the extension technicians develop other activities, initially the implementation of the experience required the work of 20 people. Aiming at the maintenance and continuity of these actions, a full-time technician can serve up to 30 families. The families contributed with peer visits, the organization of groups, participation in meetings, and the socialization of their experiences and knowledge. 

Material Resources: use of vehicles, computers, cell phones, meeting rooms, data projector, photocopies, brochures, folders, cameras, demonstrative materials for technology transfer in organic production, inputs for demonstration (syrups, home-made fertilizers, rock powder, seeds, adhesive notices, seedlings, and so forth).

 

6 - TRANSFER

From the certification of the first families involved the dissemination of the practice gained momentum. There were excursions from Universidade Estadual do Rio Grande do Sul - UERGS Unit in Três Passos; Universidade Federal Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS, through PGDR; Universidade Federal de Santa Maria - UFSM with its study group; Casa Familiar Rural de Santo Cristo; Universidade Regional Integrada – URI at the Santo Ângelo Campus; visits and participation of representatives of consumer groups together in the rural properties. All these institutions exchanged experiences and knowledge learned about the dynamics adopted for certification. In practical terms, in 2014 30 families had been certified; currently, 70 families are certified. This evolution demonstrates the potential incorporation of family agriculture into agroecological practices. In another case, the Association of Organic Producers of Santiago (AOPS) replicated the practice and now has its certified producers selling their products directly to consumers through an organic products fair in their municipality.

  

7 - LESSONS LEARNED

Regarding the obstacles, in the productive sector, climate hazards, the lack of labor for the productive sector, the aging of the population, the rural exodus of young people in search of large urban centers and the small arable extension of rural properties must be considered. In the agribusiness sector, the limiting factors include the lack of legalization, inefficient management of enterprises, insufficient raw materials for processing, and lack of skilled labor. To tackle the limiting factors alternatives were proposed through training and the organization of discussion groups.

The promotion of quality of life, through healthy eating and the preservation of the environment, encouraged during the visits, training and various stages of the certification process, are factors that motivate farmers to invest in this type of production process. Through the production of organic foods by young people, who are taking on their role in the property, it will be possible to maintain and expand crops, improving the quality of life of consumers and producers.

 

8 - ORIGINALITY OF THE PRACTICECA

This practice of organic Certification of Organic Compliance was a pioneer in this region and was inspired by the knowledge of similar practices implemented by Rede Ecovida in the states of Santa Catarina, Paraná, and Rio Grande do Sul.

 

 

 

 

Visits can be carried out from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. Groups of up to 40 people. Contact the Regional Office of EMATER/RS in Santa Rosa or Rede Ecovida.

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