Visits to initiatives in Pará allow for the exchange of information and knowledge of local needs

USAID, PPA and CIAT teams met with local partners promoting sustainable development projects


Dialogue, exchange of information and knowledge of local needs were part of the intense agenda that teams from USAID/Brazil, from Platform Partners for the Amazon (PPA) and the Alliance Bioversity International/CIAT had five days of visits to initiatives installed in the State of Pará.

Between May 2 and 6, the group visited the municipalities of Barcarena and Acará, as well as Belém (capital of the state), where it strengthened contact with sustainable development projects implemented by partners and supported by USAID/Brazil.

One of the places visited was Ecoparque Natura to learn about the production process and projects for the Amazon. In Barcarena, there was an event with partners, community members and local members of the Sustainable Barcarena Initiative (IBS), who supported the launch of the call for Sustainable Connections – Call for Hydro Sustainability Fund Projects.  

USAID, PPA and CIAT visit the Sustainable Barcarena Initiative (IBS) office.
Vila dos Cabanos, Barcarena, Pará, Brazil.
Photo Paulo Santos/Panamazonica

The objective of Conexões is to achieve, in a collaborative way, a more effective development based on sustainable solutions for the Barcarena region and surroundings. Interested parties can apply for the community call until June 3 (read more on the PPA and of the initiative).

“In 2019, USAID started to dialogue with the Hydro Fund to structure a partnership aimed at generating sustainable and integrated territorial development for Barcarena and surroundings. We are now celebrating the launch of the Sustainable Connections platform, the result of a process of co-creation and dialogue between various organizations, working for the benefit and sustainable development of the territory. We expect good results and the promotion of innovative processes and projects”, said Patrícia Benthien, USAID/Brazil project manager. 

For Eduardo Rocha, PPA's engagement manager, the call will enable people and organizations from Barcarena to work in partnership for the sustainable development of the territory. “The expectation is for the recognition of local talent, of the innovative solutions existing in the region and of technologies that can make a difference to the day to day in the economic, social and environmental aspects, three factors that need to be balanced”, said Rocha.

Community members giving testimonies about the Travessia Barcarena project.
Barcarena, Para, Brazil
Photo Paulo Santos/Panamazônica

Still in Barcarena, the team followed the presentation of the results of the Travessia Barcarena project, supported by the PPA Solidariedade initiative.



In the municipality of Acará, the visit was to the places where the Peabiru Institute held training courses in meliponiculture for the local community. It was possible to understand the functioning of the honey process of stingless bees and the social, cultural and economic importance of the activity for the residents.

USAID, PPA and CIAT in meeting with Via Floresta – José Mattos (CEO). Belem, Pará, Brazil.

In Belém, there was a meeting with representatives of the Via Forest, which works with an application for mapping enterprises, cooperatives and associations in the Amazon and 100% Amazon, a women-led business that participated in the Amazon round to raise funds Collective Loan Platform, carried out in partnership between PPA and SITAWI.

On the last day of the visit to Belém, the group got to know the new facilities of Manioca, which participated in the PPA Acceleration Program in 2019 and signed a contract with the Amazon Biodiversity Fund (ABF), a private impact investment fund launched in 2019 managed by Mirova Natural Capital. The fund was designed in partnership with USAID/Brasil and Aliança Biodiversity and CIAT and is valid for 11 years.

USAID, PPA and CIAT visit Manioca office and factory 
To Brazil.
Photo Paulo Santos/Panamazonica

ABF also currently invests in the company Horta da Terra, a company that produces unconventional food plants (PANCs) from the Amazon. USAID, PPA and CIAT representatives visited the headquarters in Belém and the company's production area, in the municipality of Santo Antônio do Tauá (PA), where unconventional food plants (PANCs) are organically grown in a regenerative production system with Amazonian species based on good practices of syntropic agriculture.

USAID< PPA and CIAT, visit Horta da Terra farm.
To Brazil.
Photo Paulo Santos/Panamazonica

“PPA is very important. Doing this work as a catalyst, being a hub of relationships between various actors in the ecosystem is complex, challenging. I have a lot of admiration for this work and I am happy with the results”, said Bruno Kato, CEO of Horta da Terra.

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