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Gastronomic event in S. Paulo

My badge at the Semana Mesa SP

Semana Mesa SP is one of the most important Latin American gastronomic events; in 2010 comes to its 4th edition; this year issue is “What gastronomy could do for the plantet?”, an incipient, but clear stance to put gastronomy outside the restaurants walls.

I participated to the event presenting the piracui (fish flour) Tamuá both in the Instituto Slow Food São Paulo stall and the Gustavo Rocha panel “Poke de filhote com guyoza de piracuí ao molho de açaí [Amazonian catfish* poke and piracui guyoza with açai** sauce]”, and speaking about landraces in the Claudia Mattos panel “Petit Gateau Nativo [Native petit gateau]”, that presented an innovative way to combine rice and beans.

* Branchyplathystoma filamentosum.

** Pulp of the Euterpe oleracea palm fruits.

Landraces fair boosts quilombola peasants union

Translated from the news appeared on the Instituto Socioambiental website.

A woman from Ivaporunduva showing her landraces and seedlings. Eldorado, October the 23, 2010. Photo by Glenn Makuta.
A woman from Ivaporunduva showing her landraces and seedlings. Eldorado, October the 23, 2010. Photo by Glenn Makuta.

The Feira de Troca de Sementes e Mudas Tradicionais [Fair of Landraces Exchange] presented this year more than 100 etnovarieties of landraces and traditional seedlings. A generous offer of rice, beans, cassava, and farmyard chicken – all-natural inputs – allowed six cooks, also from the villages, to prepare a delicious collective lunch.

The Fair, in its 3rd edition, counted new supporters, as of the Núcleo Oikos, as well as long-standing ones, such as the Norwegian Church Aid, while grew the engagement of the Instituto de Terras do Estado de São Paulo [Land Institute of S. Paulo State] and of the municipality of Eldorado and Itaóca. The local business supported with little sums the event too, and that it is very important, showing the involvement of the local society.

The renown the Fair is obtaining in wider circles was proved by the participation of other quilombola (afro-descendant) of the region (Peropava village, in Registro), craftswomens’ groups (Feito a Mão, from Apiaí), urban farmer (Ana do Mel and her family, from Embu-Guaçu), rural trade unions (of Cajatí), governmental bodies, as Ministério da Agricultura [Agriculture Ministry], Sabesp (in charge of the water), Cetesb (environment licensing) and Incra (land policy), among others. A group from S. Paulo, interested in knowing more about quilombola villages participated too, and after the Fair they followed, going to the Ivaporunduva e São Pedro villages, and spending there their weekend.

The landraces call to mind the roça (cropping) issue, which stays at the crossroad of other issues, such as communities organization, the quilombola cultural system, biodiversity conservation, income generation, food security, involvement of the young generations and cropping normative framework. These issues were debated during a round of talks, held after the lunch, that involved quilombola villages representatives and invited visitors. […]

New challenges follow the work of those who are involved with roça (cropping), preparing a new fair. The fair, in the words of Ms Zulmira, from Porto Velho, more than bringing food, brings much union: “For each fair, the sales grow and the relationship strengthen”, she said.

The fair was covered by the Globo Rural. 

Visite per la prossima fiera dei semiGoing round for the next landraces fairVisitando comunidades, em preparação da próxima feira de sementes tradicionais

Woman and cultivated plot in Bombas, Iporanga (SP). Sept. 2010
Pict. 1. Donna e le sue coltivazioni, nel villaggio di Bombas, Iporanga (SP), Brasile. Set. 2010

Old and new house in Cangume, Itaoca (SP). Sept. 2010
Pict. 2. Il vecchio e il nuovo nelle abitazioni del villaggio di Cangume, Itaoca (SP), Brasile. Set. 2010
The river, the plot and the house, in Praia Grande, Iporanga (SP). Sept. 2010
Pict. 3. Il fiume, il campo e la casa, nel villaggio di Praia Grande, Iporanga (SP), Brasile. Set. 2010

Woman and cultivated plot in Bombas, Iporanga (SP). Sept. 2010
Pict. 1. Woman and cultivated plot in Bombas, Iporanga (SP). Sept. 2010

Old and new house in Cangume, Itaoca (SP). Sept. 2010
Pict. 2. Old and new house in Cangume, Itaoca (SP). Sept. 2010

The river, the plot and the house, in Praia Grande, Iporanga (SP). Sept. 2010
Pict. 3. The river, the plot and the house, in Praia Grande, Iporanga (SP). Sept. 2010

Woman and cultivated plot in Bombas, Iporanga (SP). Sept. 2010
1. Uma mulher e o seu quintal, em Bombas, Iporanga (SP). Set. 2010

Old and new house in Cangume, Itaoca (SP). Sept. 2010
2. O velho e o novo nas casas de Cangume, Itaoca (SP). Set. 2010
The river, the plot and the house, in Praia Grande, Iporanga (SP). Sept. 2010
Pict. 3. O rio, a roça e a casa, em Praia Grande, Iporanga (SP). Set. 2010

Inhabitants of the Renascer Resex villages settle to prevent the exit of barges full of wood

Sunday, January 3, 2010, 12:52 AM – News
News published in the Instituto Socioambiental web site in December the 21st, 2009.

Since November the 27th, inhabitants of the Renascer Resex villages are settling at the exit of the Tamuataí river, in the municipality of Prainha (Pará, Brazil), near the border of the protected area, in order to prevent the exit of barges full of wood. The village people say that the wood was extracted illegally and explain they are fed up with waiting for the governmental patrolling.
Read the full story in the blog Tamuá.Sunday, January 3, 2010, 12:52 AM – News
News published in the Instituto Socioambiental web site in December the 21st, 2009.

Since November the 27th, inhabitants of the Renascer Resex villages are settling at the exit of the Tamuataí river, in the municipality of Prainha (Pará, Brazil), near the border of the protected area, in order to prevent the exit of barges full of wood. The village people say that the wood was extracted illegally and explain they are fed up with waiting for the governmental patrolling.
Read the full story in the blog Tamuá.Sunday, January 3, 2010, 12:52 AM – News
News published in the Instituto Socioambiental web site in December the 21st, 2009.

Since November the 27th, inhabitants of the Renascer Resex villages are settling at the exit of the Tamuataí river, in the municipality of Prainha (Pará, Brazil), near the border of the protected area, in order to prevent the exit of barges full of wood. The village people say that the wood was extracted illegally and explain they are fed up with waiting for the governmental patrolling.
Read the full story in the blog Tamuá.

Research and action for development

ricercazioneDuring the XXX International Congress of American Studies, Perugia, Italy, May 6-12, 2008, in the panel Amazonia. State of the Art of the Field Researches was debated the relationship between research, mainly in humanities and social sciences, and specifically anthropological, and development projects, mainly non-governmental.

Briefly, was affirmed the epistemological interdependence between research and action and the necessity of the tie between these two practices; at the same time, was noticed the segregation between research actors (mainly university) and development actors (mainly NGOs).

Read a resume of the debate (in Italian).