Australasian Permaculture Convergence 14 (APC14)

Bunya Halasz and Flavia Assuncao – MST and Agroforestry in Brazil – Revolutionary Land and Social Reform made successful through the processes of Successional Agroforestry

Bunya Halasz and Flavia Assuncao – MST and Agroforestry in Brazil – Revolutionary Land and Social Reform made successful through the processes of Successional Agroforestry

In this Presentation we will give and introduction to the movement of the MST in Brazil (translated as ‘The Landless Workers Movement) and their incredible achievements of reclaiming degraded farmland land throughout Brazil and reafforestating it for Ecological and Social benefit. Through the Case Study of Maria Lago Assentimento in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo we will share how this movement has managed to bring to justice some of the land barons in Brazil that have been exploiting workers rights and environmental legislation and reclaim lands for their people to reafforest for ecological purposes and through the practices of Successional Agroforestry, have provided their community with timber for construction and Fuel wood as well as food – for sustenance and profit.  

What can we learn from this process in Australia – where we too have a growing number of Landless Farmers facing increasing economic pressures to stay afloat and find lands with secure enough access to invest and grow production systems with confidence and legal backing? I will also share some of the baby steps that we are exploring in Northern NSW projects. Let’s brainstorm afterwards!