The AGENTS Project recently launched a series of films called ‘People who transform’, in which local people in the Amazon were invited to produce short movies using their mobile phone to briefly tell us their local initiatives by answering the following questions:
- what has been transformed?
- who is transforming?
- what are the outcomes?
- how they keep their transformative process going?
The goal was to give visibility to sustainable initiatives developed by local populations in the region from more recent to long-term initiatives. The series includes initiatives related to timber and non-timber management, fishing management, organic agriculture, agroforestry in small-farms and traditional communities, oil production in indigenous communities, art and craft by women’s organizations, social technology for irrigation, learning-practice for education and a social fund to collective projects.
A total of 17 movies were produced and can be accessed here.
The videos were launched at the final AGENTS project meeting, “Dialogues for Transformation: Visibility of Sustainable Initiatives in the Amazon”, which took place from 4-5 August, 2022 in Santarém, Brazil. The two-day event comprised of internal and public sessions. During the internal sessions, AGENTS team presented the research results to 25 invited participants (farmers, practitioners and activists), and carried out a collective reflection on the results and possible ways forward. During the public session, the AGENTS team presented the project to an audience of ca. 80 people from various sectors of civil society, followed by a round table with five farmers and social movement leaders on opportunities and challenges to promote sustainable initiatives in the region.