The Agroecological Technologies Catalog compiles in 10-minute audiovisual capsules the agroecological experiences of peasants and farmers that have resulted in problems such as soil improvement, fertilization with microorganisms, herding systems, etc.
These experiences can be found on an online page and are freely accessible to anyone who simply wants to see or replicate them, no matter if in a large production or for family consumption.
The original idea is by Alejandro Ramirez Anderson, Guatemalan film director and photographer based in Cuba Alejandro Ramírez (1973) The first volume (since the second is underway in Argentina) collects experiences from Cuba.
The first catalog
Vermiculture, living fences, polycultures, as well as the production and use of native microorganisms, are some techniques compiled in a new Cuban audiovisual catalog so that farmers can conceive a comprehensive and sustainable design and management of their farms.
It is made up of 10 capsules that together add up to about 50 minutes of video, shot on demonstration farms linked to the Indio Hatuey Pasture and Forage Experimental Station, in the western province of Matanzas.
The tapes also show peculiarities about rabbit production and goats, mulberry, pastures and silvopastoral systems for animal production.
Experienced farmers and specialists from Indio Hatuey participate in the video to show the usefulness of the application of agroecological practices.
In addition to the specialists and producers of the Matanzas Experimental Station, this first installment of the Catalog was possible thanks to various international institutions committed to strengthening sustainable agriculture in the country.
Among them is the international organization Oxfam, the French Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development, in addition to the Apocoop project, which promotes cooperative management in the Cuban agricultural sector, to achieve a transformation of a state-owned and centralized agriculture towards more models. decentralized and supported by the cooperative and private sector.
This last project is promoted by the non-governmental and Cuban National Association of Small Farmers and the international humanitarian organization Oxfam, with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development (Cosude).
The financial contribution of the Dutch Embassy in Cuba, a small European nation that has developed efficient and sustainable agriculture through innovations, approaches and novel technologies, also stood out.
According to the production team, the Catalog should be enriched with a forthcoming compilation that will focus on women producers and promoters of agroecological practices and for this it is already in the pre-filming stage in Argentina.
The increasingly real threats of climate change and global warming lead specialists to warn that food production on an agroecological basis is a strategic issue.
In addition to producers, the Catalog may be used by specialists in the agricultural sector, science and teaching institutions, as well as by those who manage projects related to agricultural development or make decisions from the local level.
The second catalog is underway
During these days a new catalog is being developed with experiences from the cities of Concordia, Argentina and Salto, Uruguay.
The remarkable characteristic of this second catalog is that the experiences collected from the littoral region have to do with a moment of transition from the classic conservative model, promoted since the green revolution, towards one of Agroecological production.
Egg production, water management, soil recovery, will be some of the issues to be addressed from this new paradigm.
By definition, Agroecology is a relatively new scientific discipline that is based on the application of the concepts and principles of ecology to the design, development and management of sustainable agricultural systems (1), but in this project it is much more than that ... it is a set of knowledge and experiences that rescues from ancestral knowledge, friendly practices with nature and sustainable methods in order to obtain healthy food, either for commercial production or family consumption.
In these experiences, a holistic game of knowledge, biodynamics, the synergy of species, the disorderly harmony of biodiversity and we humans integrated into that dance as one more living being are combined.
The school project has already started in virtual format and in the future it intends to become a living, tangible, experimental school. All the materials are freely accessible and free for those who want to replicate the experiences for self-sustaining, educational, productive, etc.
The complete project of the Agroecological School is close to being completed, but for this we need your help. Simply with your vote!
Enter the following link of the Carrefour project competition:
With information from: