Experience Report


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Management Groups for Experience Report


1. Management of Agroecosystems and sustainable production practices


  • Claudia Petry – University of Passo Fundo; Brazilian Association of Agroecology (Brazil)
  • Isabel Cristina Lourenço da Silva – University of Passo Fundo; Brazilian Association of Agroecology (Brazil)
  • Tatiana A. Balem – Farroupilha Federal Institute (Brazil)


The current axis covers reports of actions, activities, methodologies, as well as input and production technique propositions to be applied to sustainable agriculture systems focused on healthy diets. The reported experiences should add new information to the awareness about the techniques and management strategies currently allowed by the national and international organic production laws. This information should highlight local experiences lived by different actors in different situations to show the gains and the empowerment accomplished by these individuals due to the acquired know-how. Reports should value all shades of local experiences, including the collaborative forms of building and sharing knowledge. Reports on agroecosystem-management methodologies should be reasonably detailed to enable other actors to replicate them in different situations by taking into consideration the possibility of making adaptations. Concerning the generation of appropriate sustainable production inputs, it is necessary to provide a minimal description of products and effects observed on plants or agroecosystems. Explanations about inputs are expected to allow the identification of their genesis (type and origin of the natural resource, extractivism or production, beneficial effects on plants and/or animals and on agroecosystems), besides indicating their traceability in the circuit (long-lasting residual effect). The authors must go beyond paying tribute to generated products; they are expected to delight readers by providing helpful data that will acknowledge the effects of these inputs and apply the newly-acquired knowledge to their production systems. Information about the economic viability of these inputs and techniques will be welcome.



2. Articulating connections between production and consumption


  • Manuela Maluf Santos: – Center for Sustainability Studies of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil)
  • Teresa Corção – Maniva Institute (Brazil)
  • Juliana Dias – Maniva Institute (Brazil)
  • Maria Clara – Maniva Institute (Brazil)
  • Gabriella Pieroni – Slow Food Brasil Association (Brazil)
  • Marina Viana – Slow Food Brasil Association (Brazil)


The current axis will encompass significant or exemplary experiences that value public consumption places and strengthen the countryside-city relationship. Aspects such as food security promotion, environmental conservation, and fair trade will be taken into consideration for case selection purposes. Thus, we herein present examples of initiatives to be selected for presentation: restaurants directly purchasing from farmers, consumption groups creating new producer-consumer relationship forms, free-market initiatives, educational actions in schools, among others. The group of selected events will be composed based on (i) the comparative character of the reported experiences, i.e., the possibility of drawing parallels in order to enable debates and mutual learning; (ii) their association with public policies such as food and nutritional security policies, and the Dietary Guidelines for the Brazilian Population; and (iii) on their relation to such topics as biodiversity, local culture, traditional peoples and territorial development.

3. Traditional communities and socio-biodiversity foods


  • Andressa Ramos Teixeira – Solidary Productive Chain of Native Fruits (Brazil)
  • Ana Lúcia Oliveira – Solidary Productive Chain of Native Fruits (Brazil)
  • Gustavo Martins – Association Action Nascente Maquiné (Brazil)
  • Letícia Casarotto Troian – Association Action Nascente Maquiné (Brazil)
  • Fernanda Rockett – Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition (Brazil)


The current focuses on exchanging the experiences lived by traditional peoples and communities, which express the protagonism, organization, struggles and social control of these populations based on skill, projects, practices and activities involving food matters linked to socio-biodiversity and territories. The topics to be addressed in this axis aggregate experiences that contemplate eating habits based on peoples’ relationship with the local biodiversity and that involve the constitution and rescue of the food culture, as well as its relation to sovereignty and food security. Other experiences to be presented in the axis concern practices and strategies focused on the use of biodiversity and the management of ecosystems by traditional peoples and communities. Understanding this socioenvironmental relationship based on the nutritional perspective also requires addressing topics such as genetic heritage protection, agrobiodiversity production systems, sustainable management of ecosystems through biodiversity, and autonomy to access and use of territories.



4. Strengthening food and nutrition security


  • Renato S. Maluf – Brazilian Research Network on Sovereignty and Food and Nutrition Security; Reference Center on Sovereignty and Food and Nutrition Security; Postgraduate Program in Development, Agriculture and Society; Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Eloysa Nezello Mosimann – National Council for Food and Nutrition Security; University of the Vale do Itajaí (Brazil)
  • Viviane Camejo Pereira – Social and Environmental Observatory in Food and Nutrition Security; Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)


The current axis will encompass significant or exemplary experiences from the organization and practical actions taken to help to promote the food and nutritional security/sovereignty of individuals, families or social groups. Concerning food and nutritional security, reports may refer to farmers’ organization forms (cooperatives, associations, among others), as well as to their social movements. Furthermore papers may concern the formation of alternative short-chain markets; of consumer, urban agriculture, solidarity economy, and agroecology and organic production groups; and of creole seed guardian associations. Alson, of public management organizations focused on the implementation of the National System for Food and Nutritional Security (SISAN – Sistema Nacional de Segurança Alimentar e Nutricional), on the participatory municipal plans for Food and Nutritional Security (SAN – Segurança Alimentar e Nutricional), and on research and university extension projects, among others. Regarding the development of practices focused on favoring food attainment, quality and availability, the current axis will take into consideration reports on agroecological management initiatives; on experiences related to traditional food and recipe recovery; on SAN equipment; on food and nutritional education experiences focused on promoting healthy and adequate diets, as well as on assuring the human right to adequate food; on solidarity initiatives involving food supply to vulnerable social groups; on training experiences focused on safe food production, based on hygienic and sanitary viewpoints; on experiences involving organic and agroecological fairs; on initiatives focused on promoting waste reduction and the integral use of food; on experiences involving the rescue and cultivation of unconventional edible plants; on initiatives focused on preserving quilombola and indigenous food cultures, among others; on experiences promoting the use and conservation of the Brazilian biodiversity; and on initiatives focused on diversifying the production of family-based and peasant-based food, among others.



5. Innovative initiatives for sustainable cities


  • Ednaldo Michellon – Reference Center on Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture; State University of Maringá (Brazil)
  • João Pedro Mariano dos Santos – Reference Center on Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture; State University of Maringá (Brazil)
  • Francisco Milanez – Gaucha Association for the Protection of the Natural Environment (Brazil)
  • Melissa Luciana de Araújo – Study Group on Urban Agriculture; Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brasil)


The rural exodus towards urban centers has intensified after the so-called Green Revolution, in the mid-1950s. Thus, most of the world population has been living in urban centers since 2007, the fact that led to issues such as social inequality, poverty, food and nutritional insecurity, mobility and violence, besides impacts such as climate changes and environmental degradation in urban centers. According to the World Bank, developing countries hold substantial amounts of unused land, and it risks marginalizing an increasing number of urban poor people. Urban dwellers are strongly dependent on food purchasing and have less access to food than residents of rural areas. Therefore, it is necessary promoting sustainable urban development to improve such scenario, as it can be seen in several successful experiences such as community vegetable gardens, recycling cooperatives, green architecture, among others. These focus on the  principles of social use of soils emphasizing agroecological practices. Thus, the focus of the present axis lies on gathering reports about experiences that have contributed to the sustainability of urban and periurban centers, as well as to enable a better quality of life for the current and the next generations. Among these experiences, it is worth highlighting: a) food production; b) waste recycling, reuse, and disposal; c) revitalization and occupation of spaces; d) environmental education; e) environmental recovery and preservation; f) clean energy production; (g) urban mobility; and (h) food consumption and trading based on the solidarity economy.



6. Rural extension: production and sustainable food practices to improve quality of life and income generation


  • Gervásio Paulus – Rio Grande do Sul Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company (Brazil)
  • Fernanda da Silva – Rio Grande do Sul Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company (Brazil)
  • Francisco Emilio Manteze – Rio Grande do Sul Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company (Brazil)
  • Mariana Soares – Rio Grande do Sul Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company (Brazil)
  • Luís Bohn – Rio Grande do Sul Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company (Brazil)
  • Célio Colle – Rio Grande do Sul Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company (Brazil)
  • Córdula Eckert – Rio Grande do Sul Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company (Brazil)


The human right to appropriate and healthy food is applicable to every human being. Healthy eating practices should be part of the social and life dynamics of all people, since they comprise several factors, from production to consumption, and involve specific dynamics of different communities, as well as gender, race and ethnicity issues. The current axis aim at gathering experiences capable of boosting debates about the role played by nutrition in promoting quality of life through food practices focused on health promotion, such as food education. The axis is also focuses on the understanding of food as part of income generation processes aimed at assuring food security and sovereignty, among them: food production for self-consumption purposes (monetarily accounting for it), food commercialization in natura or based on artisanal processing methods, food used as raw material to produce handicrafts, and food production associated with tourism.