Recognition, Redistribution and Popular Participation: Towards an Integrative Judicial Policy

Traditional communities take action for food security in Rio de Janeiro

2 July 2019

By Josinete Pinto

The Seminar on Food and Nutritional Security of Traditional Peoples and Communities was held on 31 May 2019 at the Telecommunications Workers Union (SINTTEL / RJ) in Rio de Janeiro / RJ. Aiming at sharing knowledge, food, experiences and discussing common resistance strategies, the event was attended by 167 people who are part of the Traditional Peoples, among them: quilombolas, gypsies, terreiro people, artisanal fishers, blacks, and of the guests.

Delegation of the Quilombo de Pinheiral.

The reality of food and nutritional insecurity has been widely discussed, understanding that food insecurity not only refers to the quantity of food, but also to quality, in the current national scenario where 239 are already new types of pesticides released for use in agriculture. If in the countryside the threats to the traditional people are accentuated, in the city it is no different when we hear the reports of the peoples of African-based religions, who have daily been threatened and invaded from their holy houses, where they are often expelled without even a right. to be able to remove personal and work objects.

Fourteen people from the South Fluminense region, representatives of Volta Redonda terreiro, Quatis quilombolas, Pinheiral and Volta Redonda black people working in solid waste collectors' cooperatives, young UFF students, food and nutrition security advisors and public managers of the Volta Redonda Food Bank. This mobilization for participation was the result of the action and partnership of the Volta Redonda Justice Forum, which operates in the region.

Pedro Strozenberg, DPERJ External Ombudsman

Among the guests, we highlight the presence of Pedro Strozenberg, External Ombudsman of the State Public Defender's Office (DPE), who stressed in his speech the importance of the traditional peoples present knowing their rights and presented the channels on how these populations can access the justice system. , through the DPE. She also highlighted the importance of the Justice Forum as an instrument of articulation of social movements with the justice system that aims to defend and ensure that the rights of citizens are respected. Another highlight of the seminar was the food offered, which prioritized using agroecological products, rescuing the traditional knowledge of the people present.

Each group of traditional peoples discussed and withdrew concrete proposals for actions to be discussed at the 5 State Conference on Food and Nutrition Security, which will take place from 28 to 30 August 2019 in Rio de Janeiro / RJ. During the month of July there will be municipal preparatory conferences for the state stage.

The seminar guaranteed places for traditional peoples to attend the state conference, in addition to those who will be elected at municipal conferences. From Sul-Fluminense we will have representatives of quilombolas, people of terreiros, black waste pickers and youth.

The partnership of the Community Action Center (CEDAC), Forum Justice, Articulation of Agroecology (AARJ) and CONSEA / RJ, allowed meetings, exchanges of experiences and denunciation of situations of food and nutritional insecurity. The challenges point to the importance of building common action strategies to face these realities, respecting the diversity of cultures and traditions. In the end, the conclusion is that no one can release anyone's hand !!