Meeting in Campina Grande (PB) for the 2nd stage of the water reuse project for agroecological production
On November 29, WTT was at the National Semi-Arid Institute in Campina Grande (PB) to collectively plan the second stage of the research project, which aims to develop water reuse technology for agro-ecological production with health security.
The planning focused on the implementation of the nine pilot systems that will be monitored and evaluated over the next year. A minimum of three masons will be needed for construction. For the training of the masons and coordination in the beneficiary territories, there are six partner organizations: Coletivo (Regional Collective of Family Farming Organizations), FOLIA (Forum of Agreste Leaders, Borborema Pole), AS-PTA – Family Farming and Agroecology, CENTRAC (Cultural Action Centre) and PATAC (Programme for the Application of Appropriate Technologies).
Three researchers from the National Semi-Arid Institute and a researcher from the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco are involved in the water and soil analysis and possible technical adjustments. The nine representatives of the participating families are spread across three municipalities in the state of Paraíba and six different locations, including rural settlements and quilombo communities.
To build the governance of this project, there were 25 people present at the initial planning. For WTT, the challenge and the opportunity are and will be in the management of this network.
“We’re excited and have high expectations for a technology that can benefit thousands of families living with drought in the semi-arid region of Brazil,” says Lara Ramos, WTT’s project manager who attended the meeting.
The technology aims to respond to a central problem for the semi-arid region: water scarcity. The objective, however, is not just a reuse technology, but a process that can revert domestic water to family farmers’ production and generate impacts on the health and food security of families and communities, as well as supporting agro-ecological production. In this way, the technological development process is closely linked to health and food issues, designed specifically for the context of the Brazilian semi-arid region, in dialogue with families, localities and networks in the region.
The impetus for the development of this technology and this collaborative science process is recounted in the publication Science, Technology and Innovation with the Brazilian Semi-Arid. In this account, WTT tells how, alongside important partners, scientific production in the region was mapped while diagnosing the main socio-technical challenges faced by agricultural producers.
Check out the photos from Wednesday’s meeting in Campina Grande: