The Araguaia Seed Network is an initiative started by the Black Jaguar Foundation to provide seeds for our mission of ecological restoration that has already shown great benefits to local communities and the Araguaia Biodiversity corridor. The initiative is relatively young, and we would like to develop it so that it can reach its full potential in generating a positive impact for society and the planet. That’s why we take pride in learning from other seed collectives!
This month, the Black Jaguar Foundation, represented by Laís D’Isep (Seed Production Analyst) participated in the 2nd Annual Redário Conference, which brought together 22 different seed collectives in Brazil! Many interesting and engaging workshops were also offered as part of their “Weaving Webs and Spreading Seeds” project, which took place in parallel to the conference.
The event consisted of three days filled with activities, workshops, and lectures in the city of Alto Paraíso de Goiás, bringing together representatives from 22 seed networks from all over Brazil.
“Weaving Networks and Spreading Seeds” Project
With the aim of strengthening and structuring seed collector groups in the Cerrado region, the workshops covered topics such as communication, teamwork, and gender equity.
Here’s a glimpse of what Ana Lúcia and Eunice, collectors from the Araguaia Seed Network, learned during these first days:
The project is implemented by the Cerrado Seed Network and financed by the Resilient Cerrado Project – CERES, through the Fund for the Promotion of Ecossocial Productive Landscapes (PPP-ECOS) managed by the Population Society Nature Institute (ISPN).
II Annual Meeting of the Redário Seed Network
The Redário offers a space for Seed Networks and their partners to come together. By collecting seeds together with local communities, they are able to strengthen the economic market, present innovative solutions, and scale up ecological restoration in Brazil.
At the meeting, representatives from 22 Seed Networks, as well as researchers and other partners, were present to promote the exchange of experiences and contribute to establishing a structure for the Redário.
The event’s activities included: presentations by each of the Seed Networks present, seed collection, processing, and storage, legislation and formalising seed networks, and group discussions on public policies.
Read what Ana Lúcia and Eunice have to share with us about the knowledge gained during the Redário Meeting:
“These meetings are extremely important for us because they allow us to share and learn from other collectives that have been active for a longer time. This way, we can generate an even greater positive impact with the Araguaia Seed Network!”
Have a look at what Ana Lúcia and Eunice have to share with us about the knowledge gained during the Redário Meeting:
These meetings are extremely important for us because they allow us to share and learn from other collectives that have been active for a longer time. This way, we can generate an even greater positive impact with the Araguaia Seed Network!