Photo: Gabriela Souza/AMAZ
Entrepreneurs accelerated by AMAZ were in Apuí, Amazonas, at the end of June, to learn about the work carried out with family farmers in the production of Café Apuí Agroflorestal.
The objective was to promote an immersion in the local reality, addressing peculiar aspects of agroforestry production, the relationship with farmers, as well as proven methodologies of ATER (Technical Assistance and Rural Extension) in the Amazon, logistics, productive flow and measurement of impacts generated.
The immersion was planned to meet the needs of three of the six businesses accelerated this year by AMAZ: INOCAS, Floresta S/A and Mahta. In addition to the entrepreneurs, members of the AMAZ and Idesam team were present, responsible for the coffee production chain and for Amazônia Agroflorestal, a company created to facilitate the commercialization of socio-bidiversity products.
“The objective of this activity was to bring together businesses that are related to agroforestry production and contact with small producers, in addition to contractual issues involving this universe as well. Café Apuí Agroflorestal is a successful case that we were able to present to them, in loco, from the Idesam network. This exchange will certainly yield interesting fruits and partnerships. Not only were they able to learn from the coffee experience, but they also shared their experiences with other cultures and regions, in different processes, but which keep some similarities,” analyzes Gabriela Souza, investment analyst at AMAZ.
Jânio Rosa, from INOCAS, considers that the exchanges carried out during the immersion were very good: “We were able to get to know the Agroforestry System they have here in Apuí, the issue of intercropping coffee with other crops. INOCAS intends to introduce, along with macaúba, other cultures as well. So this experience was very important for us. Having contact with farmers, seeing how the articulation with them works, the strategies adopted. There is also the issue of extracting the oils developed here, technical assistance, in short, a fantastic exchange, where we could see very closely the specifics of the Amazon biome.”
Edgard Calfat, from Mahta, visited an Agroforestry System for the first time, and said he was eager to see how it worked. “It is really a very dense forest, almost an imitation of the forest, none of that clean field of production in rows. As they presented more details of coffee production, we were also drawing our parallel of difficulties, challenges and ideas. know the process in loco and being immersed in the reality of what happens here – here in Apuí, and also in the Amazon – was quite intense. And talking to the producers, understanding how the relationship with them is, is also important for us. "
Marina Yasbeck, specialist at the Café Apuí Strategic Initiative (Idesam), who accompanied the immersion, highlights the richness of the exchange and how much this contact can contribute to the development of the business accelerated by AMAZ: “We are a little more advanced in the implementation and application of methodologies, of ATER, affecting all links in the production chain. These are things that these businesses are in the process of implementing, so this exchange makes sense, it will be useful for them. A lot of what we do here can be applicable to their grassroots as well.”