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Families of small farmers in San Martin, Posta Cambio Salazar and Fortin Lugones have formed an association in order to achieve basic food safety. Breeding and beekeeping are being developed by ensuring diversity that is technically possible, economically viable, ecologically sustainable and socially fair, with very competent and committed leaders despite difficult climatic conditions.

Argentina is a country experiencing economic development by favouring single-crop farming for exports, such as cotton and genetically-modified soya on large expanses with significant and debatable means including the use of large-scale pesticides. Moreover, this method of farming significantly diminishes the quality of the soil …

Families of small farmers and indigenous people, the Pilagas, live in the north of the country, in the Formosa Province, near the border with Paraguay, in San Martin, Posta Cambio Salazar and Fortin Lugones.

The climate is harsh with large periods of drought, and water with the creation of reserves is an essential issue. Only 50% of the population has access to drinking water at home. 17 reserves were dug in 2013.

The families (496) formed an association several years ago, EDUPOSAN, with competent and very committed leaders despite the difficult conditions:

The association is currently working on 2 strategies:

1. Diversifying resources of small farms as a reaction to single-crop farming. Beekeeping and breeding are being developed, due to observations that these 2 activities are in line with the Indian traditions of the Pilagas.

2. Continuing work to encourage more extensive participation of women in the development of the region, with recognised status.


100 new hives will be built in 2014 with 10 new beekeepers.
The production of honey is certified and recognised by fair trading. The cooperation exports it to Germany, and EDUPOSAN is seeking new outlets. Cost: €13,050.40

Breeding and forage crops

Workshops have been organised in order to improve the quality of the forage crops and to learn about the nutritional requirements of the animals depending on their age and the seasons. Cost: €32,481.15 including maintenance of water reserves and a new hydraulic blade.

Positive discrimination of women.

We have witnessed a good example of the Dona Leña farm which has improved the production of the forage crops and their conservation so that the cows give milk throughout the year …. Cost: €775

In order to assist this project, we must support the wages of the agricultural engineer, honey production manager and one woman in charge of coordinating the activities enabling women to have a role in the family and in local activity. Cost: €37,500

This land has been described by our Pope Francis: In imitation of Christ, our Master, we Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it.

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