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The recently submitted National Agroecology Policy, the role of women and the paths to overcome the patriarchal model, together with the struggle for agrarian reform, were some of the elements discussed at the 3rd National Agroecology Meeting of Brazil, taking place in Bahia State with over 2000 participants.
Thirteen tents with simultaneous activities, exchanges of local, regional and international experiences related to domestic policies and the needed paradigm change with international debates and agroecological caravans … All this and much more is part of the 3rd National Agroecology Meeting that is taking place in Juazeiro, in a Brazil shaken by the conflicts caused by being the country hosting the 2014 Football World Cup and the Olympic Games in only two years.
The original idea was to divide the 2000 participants into groups of men and women, but most of the participants ended up being women: women who take care of seeds, peasant women and women from mangroves and other Brazilian ecosystems (the Amazon, for instance) and also from different cities.
In fact, Elizabeth Cardoso, a feminist activist of the National Agroecology Group (ANA), member of the Latin American and Caribbean Agroecology Movement, said that the decisions adopted over the weekend in Juazeiro include the development of a national and permanent organization of urban agroecology.
The successful Food Acquisition Program (PAA) promoted by the Agrarian Development Ministry should focus on the acquisition of native seeds produced in an agroecological way and ensure the equivalence for men and women producers who take on the political process of Food Sovereignty.
Women and the issue of feminism in general were dealt with at many spaces in this 3rd Meeting. “Without feminism, there is no agroecology”, chanted the participants and stated that this should be translated into a change in public institutions and organizations, but also in specific policies that stress agroecology and the role of women in the production of food, distribution of wealth and the generation of income.
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