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Equator Initiative Case Study - RECA Project

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This agroforestry project facilitates a variety of initiatives focused on supporting both family and commercial level agricultural production. The Association of Smallholder Agroforestry Producers brings together migrant farmers and indigenous rubber tappers in the Abuna region of northern Brazil. Since 1989, these two groups have worked together to improve the agricultural productivity of their forest landscape, recognizing the importance of respecting and adapting to the uniqueness of each community’s culture and local knowledge.
With the mission of ending rural emigration and deforestation, the group’s flagship RECA Project (Projeto Reflorestamento Econômico Consorciado e Adensad) assists local farmers to improve their technical capacity in agroforestry production and value-added processing of local resources, generating sustainable income streams for these marginalized forest communities. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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