1. INUA

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    INUA is a grass-roots project based in the Favela União de Vila Nova, in the East Zone of São Paulo, Brazil. Its mission is to promote community development through art, culture, environmental education and generation of paid work.

    The Viveiro Escola project acts as a testament to INUA’s aptitude for transformation: at the center of the favela, residents have turned an abandoned waste heap into a thriving agro-ecological forest cared for by local women farmers.

    As well as many other activities, INUA also teaches art and culture courses to young people, while helping them develop leadership skills. The Bodega project is being developed to act as a community space for knowledge exchange, where the residents of the favela take centre stage as the protagonists of their own regeneration process.

    INUA draws on the resources of the favela itself to fuel regeneration. This challenges the view that the favelas depend on outside help to develop. Instead, it demonstrates that they can act as a needed source of nutrients for regenerating what is unhealthy about the entire city.

  2. Tarumim

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    Tarumim’s fundamental concern is helping communities build their adaptive capacity as the climate in Brazil becomes more hostile, both in terms of weather and politics.

    In 2008, Tarumim’s director swam in a beautiful stream in Minas Gerais that has since dried up. Minas Gerais has lost over 90% of its Atlantic forest, and the disruption of the water cycle threatens the whole country, with floods in the north, major shortages in the cities of the south, and impacts around the world.

    Syntropic farming can regenerate degraded land into bio-diverse agroforestry plots, returning springs to life and increasing rainfall, while its high yields provide food security and employment. There are networks in place, but the system is virtually unheard of in rural Minas Gerais, so Tarumim will channel funds from crowdfunding and businesses into fortifying and scaling these networks.

    Since Carol Novaes (pictured) qualified as a Syntropic teacher and transitioned from conventional farming to agroforestry, several of the 42 agriculturalists’ projects in her area have also started experimenting. One of Tarumim’s projects is to fund her to hold free workshops and assist agriculturalists in the process of transition, and thereby catalyse a wave of community interest.

  3. Guaracy

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    Guaracy is about agriculture and the empowerment of rural youth. It focuses on the production of sustainable food products through syntropic agriculture (planting like nature does in the forest).

    It connects the producer to the organic marketplace and provides socioeconomic opportunities for the new generation of rural youth in agriculture. Its business plan starts with consultancy services and short courses to strengthen the trend of urban agriculture and agro-ecology, followed by the production of healthy food products.

    It wants to welcome eco-tourism and agro-tourism. Guaracy offers hope of living with dignity, overcoming the poverty and marginalisation trap that landless groups have to deal with.

  4. Cupulate de Acará

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    A rural community in the Brazilian Amazon, Cupulate de Acará will create a chocolate-like product called Cupulate, made from the seeds of a fruit called Cupuaçu. The community has many natural resources, including a wide range of fruits. However, the commercial use of these resources is limited, because of the low selling price of raw produce.

    The project will generate additional income for the community members, based on a regenerative agricultural business model. It will support the community in their explicitly expressed wish to regenerate and strengthen their traditions and customs, which include a close relationship to nature and each other.

    A group of twelve people from the surrounding region are interested in producing Cupulate to sell in fairs and restaurants in the capital.

  5. Thydêwá

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    Since 2002, Thydêwá has been working to promote intercultural dialogue between indigenous people and mainstream society and thus social regeneration for all.

    It seeks to regenerate intercultural relations through the production and dissemination of materials concerning indigenous cultures and the promotion of ‘intercultural encounters’ for sharing and dialogue. In this way it looks to reduce prejudice on both sides, and encourage the valorisation of cultural diversity in dialogue.

    Given the close relationship between indigenous communities and the natural environment, Thydêwá also works to promote natural resource regeneration based on indigenous principles. Our ‘intercultural encounters’ seek to improve the wellbeing of all participants and that of the planet too.

  6. AAQ – Agentes Agroflorestais Quilombolas (Quilombolas Agroforestry Agents)

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    This project wants to recover the ciliary forest (water-bordering vegetation) of the Igarape Simauma, in the Quilombola territory St. Rosa dos Pretos, through the planting of native trees. Its other aim is to collectively develop an agroforestry system in close dialogue with subsistence farming practitioners of the Quilombo.

    As a result of the arrival of a mining company and the reduction of region’s productive areas, its identified serious problems, such as deforestation, silting in rivers and streams, and lack of water. It was from this diagnosis and discussion within the community that its created the collective Quilombola Agroforestry Agents on June 5th 2017, formed by 20 young quilombolas.

  7. Compassos Institute / Action Compassos

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    The purpose of the Compassos Institute is to debate ideas related to the marginality of youngsters and adults with special needs that cannot enter the labor market.

    We also strive to develop ways to minimize and prevent environmental damage in Brazil.

    The Compassos Action Project is multidisciplinary and works in different spheres, the main one being biodynamic agriculture. Families, schools and the community will all be welcomed.

    We will offer practical experience creating a collective vegetable garden, as well as student training, courses and lectures.

    We hope for this project to be replicated in neighboring cities.


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    ARCAH ‘The Association of Rescue of Citizenship Through Affection Towards Humanity’ – was founded in 2013 by a group of young people from the city of São Paulo that wanted to act at the root cause of homelessness, poverty and scarcity in urban centers.

    After years of taking food and clothing to people living in the streets, the group decided to act at another level, bringing permaculture and other abundant based concepts to help create permanent change.

    ARCAH is now building a new farm near the city, to rescue and shelter more homeless people, and creating new urban farms in downtown São Paulo, turning public and private spaces into organic permaculture farming spots inside the city.

    ARCAH’s future plans is to expand both urban and rural farms, so that people that suffer the most from lack of employment, resources and quality of life can change their destiny into an abundant one.

  9. Monitoramento Mirim Costeiro

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    The youth monitoring Project is a leading initiative incentivating children to became environmental protectors and monitors of the coastal region of Santa Catarina State, South Brazil.

    It started in 2012 objectiving offer to children a practical and live learning opportunity. The Project so far involved aproximately 1200 students from eight to eleven years old, 60 teachers and 14 directors from public schools.

    Activities included more then 100 field-trips in nine monitored beaches, almost 200 participatory theorectical workshops and 22 educational outdoors, stimulating participant’s learning about local environment as well as reinforcing their feeling of territorial belonging and identity connection.