Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

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Ms. Raquel Rodrigues

Organization: Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)
Country: Brazil
I am working on:

Research on production systems of native tree in the Northeast, Brazil, managed by family farmers and extractivist communities. The goals of this research are: i) building and sharing knowledge and technologies about production systems of native tree in the Northeast, Brazil; ii) drawing up and implementing a data entry's methodology about production systems of native trees; and, iii) assessing the social technology called Strategies for the extractivists of empowerment, related to the social, economics and policies aspects. This research intends to address different methodological procedures, as technical visits, individual and collective interviews, workshops, participating georeferenced maps etc. The results expected are: improving the quality of dados and information raised by native trees; and, determining the strength of extractivists' empowerment, through different sources, for instance, statistics, specialized literature and speech of extractivists, in special, women.

This member contributed to:

    • Mapping and monitoring of native mangaba tree (Hancornia speciosa Gomes) in the Northeast, Brazil

      The mangaba tree is native from Brazil witch, over the years, it has been suffering a deforestation process. In Coastal Tablelands and Lowlands territories from the Northeast Region, the mangaba tree has been managed by ‘catadoras de mangaba’ (mangaba women pickers). Since 2009, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) have mapped and monitored the areas of native mangaba trees in Sergipe State.

      The territories used by the mangaba women pickers are in the cities of Santa Luzia do Itanhy, Indiaroba, Estância, Itaporanga d 'Ajuda, Aracaju, São Cristóvão, Nossa Senhora do Socorro, Barra dos Coqueiros, Pirambu, Santo Amaro das Brotas, Japaratuba, Pacatuba, Japoatã and Brejo Grande. In 2016, these territories occupied 34,033 ha, however, there was a reduction of 10,456 ha (29.6%) of the areas mapped until 2009. The livelihoods and lifestyle of mangaba woman pickers are been threatened by the increased activity of sugarcane and eucalyptus growing, shrimp farming, resorts, which destroys the ecosystem and drastically reduces the native vegetation and mollusc harvesting, another activity carried out by many of the communities concerned.

      This research has alerted public makers to the risks of extinction of the plant and livelihoods of mangaba women pickers in Sergipe, in addition to the risk of harming more than 5,000 people who depend on the activity to survive. Brazilian Ministry of the Environment (MMA) has build publics policies of ensure access to land and conservation of lifestyle of mangaba women pickers. The National Supply Company (Conab) has followed the Embrapa´s researchs to defined the prices of mangaba fruit in it programs.

      More information:

      MOTA, D. M. da, SILVA JUNIOR, J.F. da, SCHMITZ, H. and RODRIGUES, R. F. de A. (eds). 2011. A mangabeira, as catadoras, o extrativismo. Embrapa Amazônia Oriental, Belém, PA, Brazil; Embrapa Tabuleiros Costeiros, Aracaju, SE, Brazil, 303 p.

      RODRIGUES, R. F. de A.; SILVA JUNIOR, J. F. da; MOTA, D. M. da; PEREIRA, E. O.; SCHMITZ, H. 2017. Mapa do extrativismo da mangaba em Sergipe: situação atual e perspectivas. Embrapa, Brasília. 56 p. Disponible in:….