Starting this Wednesday (22), the city of Curitiba receives the 19th Agroecology Day, with a program that runs until Sunday (26). One of the biggest events on the subject in Brazil, the day brings together cultural and artistic programming, debates, workshops, exchange of ideas and an agroecological and organic food fair.
Nearly 70 organizations from the countryside and the city are involved in the organization. This year, the event has the motto Land Free of GMOs and Pesticides! Caring for the Earth, Cultivating Biodiversity and Harvesting Food Sovereignty! Building the Popular Project for Agriculture. Check the full schedule by clicking this link.
The challenges of the event in 2022 were amplified in the face of the scenario of systematic weakening of environmental protection policies, increase in deforestation and violence in the countryside and intensified use of pesticides on national soil.
The Journey’s training program includes more than 30 thematic workshops and seminars. The agenda has an intense exchange of ideas on topics such as popular agrarian reform, education in the countryside, territorial planning and the damage caused by the application of agricultural poisons in crops.
Culture, art and solidarity
The 19th Agroecology Journey will also dedicate a special space to celebrate and reinforce solidarity actions put into practice by farming families from all over Brazil during the covid-19 pandemic.
Images of the sharing of tons of food donated over the period will be part of the Agroecology and Solidarity exhibition. The journey itself will become a space for donations, in an action that will benefit vulnerable communities in Curitiba on Saturday morning (25).
In addition, more than 60 vendors will be present, selling Creole seeds, grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, sugar cane, honey, juice, breads and even handicrafts. All produced by agrarian reform settlements and encampments, indigenous and traditional communities and solidarity economy collectives.
The cultural program also includes the exhibition Charges pela Agroecologia, with images from more than thirty cartoonists from Brazil and other countries around the world. An intense musical, theatrical and dance program will also be part of the event, which takes place at the Rebouças Campus of the Federal University of Paraná.
To guarantee part of the structure, transport and materials that will make the event possible, a crowdfunding campaign was launched. The objective is to raise R$ 100 thousand.
Those who collaborate will receive rewards that include organic products such as cachaça, sugar, coffee and tea produced by Brazilian family farming. Click here to learn more about how to support.
Editing: Felipe Mendes