State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, Brazil
Brazil - COOPERAPOMS
The Cerrado biome in Brazil is an important one to preserve, a unique and biodiverse environment. Together with Acorn, APOMS is empowering local farmers to adopt agroforestry systems — benefiting farming communities as well as our planet.
APOMS (short for Associação dos Produtores Orgânicos de Mato Grosso do Sul: Association of Organic Farmers of Mato Grosso do Sul) was founded in 2000 by a group of organic producers. From its inception, APOMS has focused on motivating farmers to adopt biodiverse agroforestry systems by raising awareness of the benefits of such systems, and how they can bring environmental balance to organic production.
Acorn was introduced during small meetings with farmers who had not yet transitioned to agroforestry, as well as larger ones with farmers who had already made the switch. The state too is interested in the project, aiming to be a Carbon Neutral State by 2030.
The smallholder farmers who are part of the project tend to be small traditional producers, settlers of the Agrarian Reform, indigenous people, and quilombolas (Afro-Brazilian residents of quilombo settlements). Diversification of crops and livestock is already taking place in an integrated way.
Full project documentation available upon request.