GCP Brazil advances alignment on regenerative agriculture in the field

Prioritizing regenerative agriculture knowledge sharing and training across Brazil’s coffee production chain represents a meaningful way to make inroads to GCP’s goal to advance farmer prosperity. This was the motivation behind the third meeting in a series of field days organized by GCP Brazil, allowing the platform to take members and partners on a hands-on deep dive of regenerative agriculture practices, promoting best practice and sector alignment.

The meeting brought together 70 people, from 43 institutions, including national and international exporters, cooperatives, associations, class entities, state rural extension bodies, and certification organizers. The interactive field day of knowledge sharing took place at the Association of Mountain Coffee Producers of Divinolândia (Aprod) in San Paolo, and was especially targeted at technicians and agronomists new to the concept. GCP Member organizations and institutions already working on regenerative agriculture or have included it in their strategies, also participated in the knowledge sharing and alignment of best practices on the topic.

The event forms part of GCP Brazil’s harmonizing efforts for coffee sustainability in the sector, which will contribute to GCP’s 2030 Goal, focused on farmer prosperity.

For the Technical Coordinator of GCP Brazil, Eduardo Matavelli, event attendance was rich and contributed to the success of the event.

“Regenerative agriculture is a topic that we need to bring more and more to rural producers. GCP Brazil prioritizing this topic with various actors in the coffee production chain is fantastic, promoting broad involvement and leading to more robust actions in the Country Plan 2030” explained Matavelli.

The 3rd Regenerative Agriculture Meeting of the Platform was celebrated on 21 February in the coffee farms of Aprod, in Sao Paolo. Photos courtesy of GCP Brazil.

Hands on experience in the field

During the field day, the attendees had the opportunity to see key regenerative agriculture practices adopted by small producers in the region and to talk to family producers about the opportunities and challenges they face. This was complemented with technical lectures by experts and a round of discussion on how to increase the number of producers effectively adopting regenerative agriculture practices.

Brazilian coffee grower at Aprod, Daniela Bertolin, presented solutions of regenerative agriculture for small mountain producers, where the difficulty is great due to the growing conditions and high cost.

“The field day, promoted by GCP Brazil, was excellent. Regenerative agriculture is a topic that we need to bring to producers. This coordination of the platform with various actors in the coffee production chain is fantastic, as it enables everyone’s involvement and gives strength to the actions we develop”, said Caio Oliveira, System Regional Manager at FAEMG SENAR.

The aim of these meetings is to generate a practical guide on regenerative agriculture for producers to adopt. During the training, GCP Brazil guides participants through seven fundamental elements for the implementation of regenerative agriculture practices and at each step technical experts on the subject are being invited to contribute with their knowledge.

The next meeting will be held on 4 April 2024 in Campinas, Sao Paolo – the last before the platform presents its concept for regenerative agriculture to the National Advisory Board (part of the National Coffee Sustainability Platform in Brazil) for validation.

The discussion panel was led by Teotonio Soares de Carvalho (UFLA) and Guilherme Chaer (Embrapa), and moderated by Eduardo Sampaio (GCP Brazil).

Tamara Barim

General Manager Brazil, GCP Brazil email me

Eduardo Matavelli

Technical Coordinator, GCP Brazil email me