AFV distributes 3,000 tree seedlings to indigenous communities of Xingu
Updated: May 10
AFV distributed 3,000 tree seedlings of various species to members of Kamaiura and Yawalapiti tribes (Upper Xingu) in October and November 2020 as part of our Agroecology and Reforestation program.
The seedlings enabled dozens of families to plant a total of three hectares of fruit trees or trees that can be used for various cultural practices.
The project intends to bring agroforestry systems closer to home. Kamaiura and Yawalapiti women traditionally manage the felling and the harvesting of the fruits, and thus far had to travel several kilometers to reach the production plot.
In addition to these plants, wheelbarrows with puncture-proof tires were also made available to the communities at their request – especially women.
The city of Canarana, a partner in this project, made it possible to store 1,000 seedlings in the city's incubator. The seedlings will be planted during the next rainy season to consolidate the project.
This first phase of the Agroecology and Reforestation program draws on a grant from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, with the objective to plant 30 hectares by the end of 2021-beginning of 2022.
Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, there has been a delay in the timelines and targets. However, following the FPIC (Free, Prior and Informed Consent) meetings to be held in June 2021, we hope to be able to plant about 10 hectares for the next rainy season in the selected villages for the project: Waura, Kamaiura and Yawalapiti.
The program will include different training activities for teenagers on planting and project monitoring, with Kamaiura and Yawalapiti women as trainers.
The operational implementation of these initiatives will be discussed during the FPIC meetings that AFV is organizing with the communities of Upper Xingu. The dates of the meetings will be determined according to the health situation.