Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul (UFFS)
UFFS activities focus on integration among research, extension and education with the purpose of building and sharing scientific knowledge and practices with an agroecological/organic approach. It means that traditional knowledge is relevant and should be taken into account in projects develop through the University Bachelor courses of Agronomy, Rural Education, Food and Aquaculture Engineering and Master in Agroecology in the surroundings of the Cantuquiriguaçu territory (Iguazu River Basin). The territory is an agricultural region, characterized by small family farms and low development indices. Also in the territory, the Rio das Cobras Indigenous Land, with Kaingang and Guarani Mbya ethnic communities, suffers from food shortages, malnutrition and environmental problems. In particular, projects “AquaNea” and “Aquaculture in Indigenous land Rio das Cobras” coordinated by Betina Muelbert aim to share and develop agroecological fish farming management practices. Together with the community, we exchange knowledge and contribute to autonomy, with the inclusion of fish farming as a productive system for food security. Concurrently we are also analysing how domestic waste is generated and discarded in the indigenous land. It is an environmental problem, contaminates some rivers that no longer serve as a fish supply. We hope, in a near future, to organize the management of waste and if possible establish selective waste collection.
Capacitation/training courses in agroecological/organic fish farming are offered to rural and indigenous students.
Furthermore, we ensure the access to the University for indigenous community by affirmative actions.
UFFS expects to contribute to IPSI’s strategic objectives by continuing the projects that increase the knowledge and understanding of socio-ecological fish production in the region of Cantuquiriguaçu.
We intend to continue with on-farm researches on an agroecological/organic fish production to obtain protocols under field conditions to improve small farm household livelihood. Moreover, using native species in substitution to exotic tilapia and carps in fish farming, we contribute to one of the causes of loss of biological diversity in the Iguazu river basin.
By studying the waste production we address consumption of goods that can be considered an underlying cause for the decline of Kaingang and Guarani cultural diversity.
We can enhance the human, institutional and sustainable financial capacities for the implementation of the Satoyama Initiative by getting projects approved in calls that are regularly offer from Brazilian research council and International organizations. We have the support and infrastructure of our institution and other regional partnerships to achieve these goals.
For more information, see the UFFS website at https://www.uffs.edu.br/.