Area of activity: Central Hinterland and Curu and Aracatiaçu Valleys
The challenge is this: to multiply agro-ecological knowledge in the home yard. And the families participating in the project accepted, striving to develop their cultivation practices in a different way from the conventional, without burning, without drilling and without using pesticides, as well as the symbolic revaluation of the yard as a work space, meetings and conversations of the Family and friends. From that point on, the different aspects of agroecological farms began to emerge. This area was historically cultivated by women, who began to express themselves in social and productive dynamics, enabling the formation of rural savings or extra income from the sale of surpluses In agro-ecological fairs.
The quintals are understood as a social technology of access and productive management of land, water, seeds, productive diversity of agricultural systems and the way of making communities of the territory, promoting the sustainability of family farming. It is in this space that diverse crops will be planted, among fruits, vegetables and vegetables, as well as animal husbandry, in a sustainable and integrated system, in harmony with the environment.
As the intention is to strengthen the idea of living with the semi-arid region, the work is generally carried out in the direction of the construction of another social technology, which is the cistern, with a total volume of 52,000 liters, which accumulates rainwater for production and Human consumption, especially for use in production systems around the house, guaranteeing the food, nutritional and water security of families, in a perspective of living with the semi-arid. The idea debated is that it is not the environment and its climatic conditions that constitute the problem of the semi-arid, so it is not it that must be modified, but the human practices carried out in space.
The Backyards for Life project and the systematic monitoring of CETRA in the implementation of this technology start in 2009, based on the agroecological management and the continuous interaction between farmers and experimenters and multipliers and the institution’s technical-social team. In the beginning, 30 quintals were divided between the municipalities of Amontada, Apuiarés, Itapipoca, Tururu and Trairi; Today there are 50 in the Territory Valleys of Curu and Aracatiaçu, in addition to 20 in the Central Sertão, divided between Quixadá, Quixeramobim and Banabuiú.