This conversation about Sustainable Agriculture, Solidarity Economy and Water Care has shown how sustainable actions generate direct impacts on people’s lives.

It was pointed out that agroforestry is based on indigenous tenure principles, as they always left the land for a rest period for recovery. Love and caring for nature, the principle of agroforestry, inspire us to work with what nature shows to each of us. The challenge of this crop is to make farmers aware that this practice improves soil fertilization and natural moisture, reducing input costs and improving productivity over time. In addition, the issue of monoculture is alarming in our country, and multi-culture policy support programs should be a priority in governments, as every farmer in our country would be a water producer.

This approach of water not as a resource but the very blood of mother earth was very interesting in the dialogue between the participants and the public, since human beings do not live without blood, just as nature does not live without water. The concept of agroforestry is the sustainable future of world agriculture. To make nature itself nourish and moisten the soil is to return to the natural cycle of life.

About CSAs – Community Supported Agriculture, speakers believe to be a sustainable model for small farmers. The CSA model presents an open spreadsheet of production costs and this cost is split among co-farmers who receive a basket of varied products weekly and are also invited to participate in land management. This option is very interesting for this kind of farmer, who is sure to pay his bills and receive the necessary training to preserve resources.

In this roundtable there was a great integration with the public, which participated intensely in the debates, and was unanimous the incentive for the implementation of programs such as those mentioned, given that this kind of action is a priority for the conscious production of small-scale foods. On the other hand, on a large scale, the question of agroforestry is the sustainable future for food production.

Elise Dalmaso


Fabiana Penereiro
Andrea Zimmermann
Fátima Cabral
Dorvalina Teresa Soares.