(Italiano) Venditori ambulanti di colazione

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Landraces fair, now reaching the S. Paulo state

The idea of a fair of landraces exchange in the S. Paulo State rose within the Seed workgroup of the Council of Organic Production of the S. Paulo State (CPOrg/SP). The Instituto Kairós (of São Paulo) and the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) organized the Fair, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Centro Paula Souza (body responsible for the professional training in the State).

Beyond organizing the fair, the Seed workgroup is discussing the forthcoming legislation about organic seeds.

Landraces fair in S. Paulo. Foto by Luca Fanelli / ISA

The I Feira de troca de sementes tradicionais/ crioulas do Estado de São Paulo took place in November the 4th, 2010, in the Espaço Cultural Tendal da Lapa. Participated to the event: Ribeira Valley quilombola (afro-descendant), farmers from Cunha (who, supported by the Serracima NGO, orgnized too a landraces exchange fair), from Botucatu, Ibitinga and Pederneiras (invited by the Associação Biodinâmica), from Itaberà (Coapri co-operative); from the Fazenda Figueira (Minas Gerais), from the S. Paulo metropolitan region (especially from the Embu das Artes and Parelheiros neighborhood).

On the stalls you could find more than 150 etnovarieties of seeds and seedlings: many varieties of maize and beans, not many of rice (these, from the Ribeira Valley and from Cunha), some vegetables varieties (20 from a farmer of Ibitinga, some others from Cunha), seeds and seedlings of different kinds of trees, seedlings of sweet potato, cará, sugar cane and cassava, mainly from the Ribeira Valley.

The fair showed the great wealth of realities within the State, working with landraces. At the same time, demonstrated the challenges to strengthen the event, as the involvement of other groups and the improvement of the number of etnovarieties, especially of the less represented species.

But the main challenge is actually to strengthen the groups engaged with the conservation and use of landraces, that has to bear on the farmers’ commitment and on suitable public policies, as recommended in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Food security center in a S. Paulo favela

I visited — together with Nino Casciaro, RETE president, and, as a kind guide Chistiane Costa, director of the Food security sector of the Instituto Pólis — the Centro de Referencia de Segurança Alimentar e Nutricional do Butantã – CRSANS-BT [Reference Center for Food and Nutrition Security of the B. neighborhood]. The Centre is placed at the margin of a shantytown (favela), encircled and threatened by middle-upper class blocks of flats.

In the foreground, the shantytown; in the background: the middle-upper class blocks of flats. Credits: Luca Fanelli
The striking contrast.

The Centre promotes the organization and the well-being of the favela inhabitants, doing various activities, with focus on food. The Centre objective is to “formulate and implement a regional policy of sustainable food and nutrition security, by local fair development and citizen participation”. The Centre is promoted by the Instituto Polis, in partnership with many governmental and non-g. organization.

Foreground: the CRSANS-BT garden; background: the buiding. Credits: Luca Fanelli
Foreground: the CRSANS-BT garden; background: the building.

More about the Centre.

Carinval with the Agora Vai samba team

Happy times dancing with the people of the Agora vai “bloco”, surfing in the city full of water, as this year lyrics says.

This year the lyrics was:

O clima do planeta tá bem louco
Quando chove é um sufoco, é um deus nos acuda
Por causa desses gases poluentes
Minha tia está demente, minha sogra ficou surda (BIS)

Tem muita água na terra da garoa
Vendi o meu Chevette, vou andar só de canoa (BIS)

Mas se a canoa virar… Chuá!!!
Tudo bem, tudo legal
Vou me encher de purpurina
Vou desfilar no Agora Vai de fio dental (BIS)

Vem mergulhar na multidão
Pega a minha prancha e vem surfar no Minhocão (BIS)

Diamante Line – CPTM São Paulo

A short preview of a long take of the trip from Barra Funda station to the Itapevi station and back to the Julio Prestes station, on the Diamante line (8) of the CPTM – Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos.

Production, photography and editing by Luca Fanelli, with the support of Conceição, Fabrizio, Giovanna, Inayé e Karen.

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