As stated by the Institute, they deploy “a strategy that combines business education with instruction in new technology and agricultural practices in the field, providing much-needed training in developing economies while fostering strong business and personal relationships.”
The results from an initial five-year pilot project in eastern Mato Grosso have been exceptional. Each participant received personalized, hands-on support from IRM personnel who dedicated their time on a yearly basis to make site visits, gather data, and transform that information into comprehensive natural resource management plans that effectively increased productivity, self-esteem, and financial return.
With the required funding in place, we will expand this program to other Agrarian Reform Settlements.
Working with Indigenous Tribes
Without a doubt, fire is the most severe threat to indigenous lands and people in the southern Amazon today. The Brigada Aliança team worked with tribes in the Xingu National Park to address this threat. The result of this collaboration has resulted in training, equipping, and deploying the most professional indigenous wildland firefighting unit in-country.
Part of this process is leadership training that demands a full-time presence of the Brigada Aliança cadre on-site during the five-month dry season. Eventually, the cadre will no longer be needed as internal indigenous leadership is developed.
Dramatic reductions in fire events have proven the effectiveness of our methodology with great strides being made toward guaranteeing the future of the food, medicinal, and building materials these people depend upon for survival.
With the proper funding, it is Brigada Aliança’s intent to expand this work across the Basin, eventually winding down as the fires are eliminated.
Heart, grit, commitment, and professionalism are a few words to describe the Brigada Aliança. Their work continues to be a model for fire prevention, monitoring, and response in the region. The Brigada demonstrates how training, local leadership, and well-managed and applied resources can have a positive impact on the environment and society where other efforts either don't reach at all or literally go up in smoke.”
- Jayleen Vera, Social Sciences Advisor, Forest Service International Programs, USFS-United States Forest Service