Brazil: Involving important parties in Amazonian socioeconomic development

Multi-stakeholder seminar facilitated by Green Markets team

2018-11/ On November 12th to 13th, the Green Markets and Sustainable Consumption Project held a seminar "Differentiation and tracking of Amazonian products for socio-economic diversity" in Brazil's capital Brasilia. It brought together, under facilitation by the project team of ECO/IPAM Amazônia, producer communities with state and private sector representatives, governmental agencies and non-governmentals, in order to explore mechanisms to further develop sociobiodiversity products in the Amazon. Issues were how to utilize various agricultural products grown by locals, how to successfully invest in production chains, and specifically how to set up an integrated system that comprises processes such as production, marketing and consumption. Along the presentation of best practices participants discussed challenges and potentials of Açai, oil, rubber, nuts and Pirarucu value chains.

The event was realized in partnership with the Brazilian government, its Ministry of Environment, ICMBio, Instituto Terroá, Inmetro, Bem Diverso Project (Embrapa / UNDP / GEF), US Forest Service, USAID and WWF-Brazil.

As the head of the division for Coordination of agroecology and sustainable production at the Special Secretariat for Family Agriculture and Agrarian Development (SEAD), Marco Pavarino, highlighted: "Family farming, socio-biodiversity and traditional communities are constituents of very high importance. The Green Markets project is an example in case for success in this realm of debate." The seminar therefore facilitated the exchange of experience also among groups who have since long been part of Amazonian economies but had not been actively involved as yet.

New guidebook is used for promoting cooperative and family farming in the Amazon

Compilation of proven methodologies for rural extension

2018-11/ A guidebook has now been published which was elaborated by Brazil's International Institute for Education. It reviews the most important methodologies for assisting projects in the organizational development of rural farmer organizations. The guide "Guia ATER Mais Gestão" ("Guidebook for Better Management in Rural Extension") is a practical working tool in efforts to strengthen producer cooperatives and associations by way of qualifying their internal management and easing market access for them. For a facts-based and thorough situational analysis the book contains questionnaires and checklists. The handbook was published, under assistance from ECO Consult, by GIZ jointly with Brazil's Special Secretariat for Family Agriculture and Agrarian Development (SEAD) and will now be pioneered in a training of trainers series for GIZ's bilateral Green Markets programme (see right), which focuses on promoting products from Amazonian family farming.
The ATER Mais Gestao methodology of which the book is part, helps expand the capabilities of governance and leadership in agriculture organizations, implement a quality control system, develop standardized products, facilitate access to credit and build strategic partnerships.

GIZ procurements 2017: Climate change and rural development major business areas

ECO Consult remains one of top Germany's contractors for TC

2018-11/ ECO Consult remains privileged partner for the German Government in consulting services for worldwide development. As testified by the latest GIZ Procurement Report (business year of 2017) ECO is again among the top ten of German private consulting companies to win public procurements from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. This means asserting our position among the leading consulting partners of German bilateral cooperation for four years in sequence, except 2015.

In terms of overall assignment volume ECO’s core business sector Climate Change has increased by 44% now ranking among the top 6 intervention areas of German TC. Rural Development and Agriculture have returned to heading the list again after an increase of 23% in public procurements during 2017, as compared to the previous year. The 'Crisis, Conflicts, Disasters' sector, in turn, which had been skyrocketing in 2016, dropped back with 25% less allocations. In this sector, creating employment and educational opportunities for refugees and the population in fragile states were the main thematic foci - such as ECO is implementing in Sierra Leone.

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