FASE Mato Grosso

In a State known as the center of Brazilian agribusiness and the country’s largest grain producer, this regional program works to strengthen the organizations of family farmers and traditional populations that resist the expansion of unsustainable industrial agriculture. Geographically focused on southwestern Mato Grosso, and more recently including the Baixada Cuiabana region near the State capital Cuiabá, its activities prioritize technical assistance, political networking with social organizations and lobbying for public policies.

Its objectives include promoting food and nutritional security, striving for environmental justice, building agroecology and strengthening women’s organizations. Another important aspect is the denunciation of harm to the environment and health caused by agribusiness, particularly due to the use of pesticides. FASE Mato Grosso’s offices are located in Cáceres, at the confluence of the Cerrado (savannah), Amazon (rainforest) and Pantanal (wetlands) biomes.

Camponesas da Baixada Cuiabana (Foto: Arquivo FASE)
Peasant women in the Baixada Cuiabana region of Mato Grosso (Photo: Archives/FASE)

Mato Grosso suffers from the loss of biodiversity and the reduction in the diversity of its food production. The availability of water has also diminished due to the ongoing expansion of transgenic crops, the growing consumption of pesticides and the overwhelming concentration of landholding.

In that context, FASE Mato Grosso sits on a variety of public-policy councils and committees and promotes the adoption of agroecological and extractivist practices, the production of a greater diversity of healthy food without pesticides and the growth of local economies with the expansion of jobs and a fairer distribution of income. It also prioritizes activities to enhance the role of women, particularly agroextractivist women who are guardians of agrobiodiversity.

This regional program holds workshops, courses and skill sharing events and expands its reach by organizing networks, fora and campaigns such as the Mato Grosso Forum for Environment and Development (FORMAD), the Cáceres Forum of Struggles (FLEC), the Rural Women Entrepreneurs in the Amazon Network (MT Nucleus), the Sustainable Agriculture Exchange Group (GIAS), the Cerrado Network and the Permanent Campaign against Pesticides and for Life.

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