During her most recent trip to the Trocano Araretama REDD+ Project, CGV’s Laine Tavares travelled to many communities found within the 1.3 million ha area that the project covers. These on-the-ground visits are undertaken for monitoring purposes and allow the continuous development of the project.
To conclude our series on the monitoring visits conducted by the Trocano Araretama Conservation Project’s implementation team in 2014, today we will discuss the Trocanã region. Located in the lower Madeira river area, this region is home to three communities: Santa Rita, São Miguel and Lago Arigum.
The region’s main economic activities surround agriculture. The locals breed cattle mainly for household consumption (for milk and meat) and plant various vegetables to eat and sell.
The Trocano Araretama Project found that one of the greatest difficulties among the Trocanã region’s small scale farmers, and the municipality of Borba as a whole, is the lack of access to markets where their goods can be sold or traded.
Because of this lack of access to markets, many farming families end up producing a much higher or lower amount of their product as they do not know the real market demand. In the long term, this practice contributes to the continuous expansion of deforestation in the region, along with the increase in food waste due to over-producing.
The Trocano Araretama Project is looking into the development and funding of a co-operative system for small scale farmers in Borba. The project believes that a system like this can bring multiple benefits to the farming families in the Trocanã region and the entire municipality.
This co-operative will aim to keep local farmers informed about the market demands and will negotiate better prices for the sale of their produce. It will also assist them in the sustainable management of local forest to increase the productivity of existing crops and, in turn, prevent further deforestation.
To ensure the success of this initiative, the project is developing a partnership with the Institute of Agricultural Development and Sustainable Forest of the Amazonas (IDAM). IDAM has extensive experience in providing technical assistance to farming families and rural producers in the state of Amazonas and is, therefore, an excellent ally.
Through this partnership, educational workshops will be developed that cover the introduction of alternative and more effective farming techniques, which will bring more profit to the communities.
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