• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil Opens Agroecology School with Venezuelan Help

Establishing an exchange network among peasant farmers throughout Latin America is one of the goals of the Latin American School of Agroecology, which is being inaugurated today in the municipality of Lapa, in the state of Paraná, in the South of Brazil.

Participating in the ceremony will be the Brazilian Minister of Agrarian Development, Miguel Rossetto; the governor of Paraná, Roberto Requião; João Pedro Stédile, of the national coordinating body of the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST); and Judith Valência, a professor at the Central University of Venezuela who acts in the international negotiations arena of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

The school represents a partnership between the governments of Venezuela and Paraná, the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), the International Via Campesina (an organization that brings together movements involved in the struggle for land from all over the world), and the MST.

The school is located within an MST agrarian reform project known as the Contestado settlement. The protocol of intentions for its creation was signed in January during the V World Social Forum.

The first undergraduate course in Agroecology already has 100 students enrolled and will be administered by the UFPR. The students, who are associated with peasant farmer organizations from all over Latin America, will become agroecology technicians. The course, which will alternate periods in school with periods in the community, will last three years.

According to the state coordinator of the MST, Roberto Baggio, the school is a groundbreaking project that will prepare a generation of professionals to act permanently with peasant farmers, “constructing a new technological matrix based on agroecology.”

This new matrix, he explained, will be geared to small-scale production and the domestic market, respecting the environment and contributing to the construction of a sovereign agriculture.

Agência Brasil


  • Show Comments (1)

  • ellie gooch

    this is a rubbish website and has nothing about santos in brazil to help me with my school project.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


You May Also Like

Brazilian supermarket gets creative with Brazil's flag

Lower Inflation and Interests Bring 7% Higher Sales to Brazil’s Supermarkets

Brazilian supermarket sales grew 7% in the first quarter of this year when compared ...

Brazil Converts US$ 21 Million Debt to US into Project to Protect Forests

Brazil and the United States signed an agreement in which Brazil will use US$ ...

Lula Announces Brazil Will Spend US$ 10 Bi on Social Programs in 2006

In a message directed to the Brazilian Congress on Tuesday’s (February 15) inauguration of ...

A scene from winning film Looks can be deceiving

Short on Brazil’s Violence Wins UN Award

Nine Brazilian students won a special award from the Department of Public Information (DPI) ...

Brazil’s Daniela Mercury and NY’s Orchard Seal It with a Song Deal

The Orchard, a company specialized in distributing and marketing independent music, announced that it ...

Nissan Brazil Invests US$ 150 Million and Introduces New Car

Japanese vehicle assembler Nissan has just announced the production of a new model at ...

Brazilian Court’s Latest Decision: Amazon’s Belo Monte Dam Is Off

In the latest chapter of a decades-long dramatic battle between environmentalists and the government ...