XXIII Regional agrobiodiversity seminar and the X Regional traditional seed market
Theme of the seminar was the crisis in family farming. According to the participants the massive out-migration of rural youth is one of the expressions of the crisis. State policies, in the areas of education, research, extension and subsidized rural credit, have made farmers dependent on companies that produce inputs and machines and on banks.
At the seminar it also became clear that a large number of family farmers are resisting this situation and devising alternative methods of production and alternative markets. These have better economic results, enhance food security and are more resilient to market and climatic fluctuations.
At the end of the event, during the X Regional traditional seed market, a letter, with a series of proposals for rural credit and insurance, market access, traditional seed promotion, rights to non- contamination by agro-toxins and GMOs, and specific proposals formulated by the rural youth, was read and praised by 2000 farmers.