“Everything we do has value,” says family farmer Célia Dionísio Gomes de Souza from the rural community of Pau de Cedro, located in Viçosa, in the Zona da Mata of Minas Gerais. The experience of Célia, and other women from the Córrego dos Nobres and Buieié communities, was told in a video, released last week, free of charge on the YouTube channel of the Center for Alternative Technologies (CTA).
The film is one of the results of the project “Agroecological Booklets: building the economic autonomy of agroecological farmers in Viçosa” – developed by CTA in partnership with the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV) – which offers a notebook for farmers where they write down everything. that has been consumed, exchanged, given away or sold. This practice, which seems simple, makes women’s work visible, whether that is done indoors, in the backyard, in the vegetable garden, raising small animals or in the fields.
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“The yam, wow, I didn’t know it had such value,” said Fátima Aparecida dos Santos Cunha, a farmer in the community of Córrego dos Nobres. “We’ve always been rural, but with the notes, we got organized, we started unpacking less and peeling more”, he comments on the fact that he stopped shopping in the city’s grocery store and started to plant more variety of food in his yard.
She also says that she started to have money left over and that she managed to make a small renovation in the house.
Notebook shows work that women were already doing
Beth Cardoso, coordinator of the CTA, explains that the agroecological booklet is considered a social technology, developed together with farmers from the Women’s Movement of Zona da Mata and East of Minas. “In addition to contributing to the monitoring of production and services, the booklet increases women’s self-esteem and recognition,” she says.
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“We realize that part of the resilience of family farming comes from this production for self-consumption. Even in a situation of economic crisis, family farming has always survived, because, above all, it has always produced its own food. And this role of food production is, most of the time, assumed by women and because it is not transformed into money, it remains invisible”, he adds.
Film: Agroecological Handbooks: Building the economic autonomy of agroecological women farmers
Duration: 19 minutes
Source: BoF Minas Gerais
Edition: Larissa Costa