In this short documentary, Jesuina Braga Alves (Jo) tells her life story which illustrates the livelihood of many small scale farmers in the Brazilian Amazon whose survival has been challenged by changes on the climate, controversial rural development policies and top-down approaches to tackle deforestation.
Small scale farmers have faced personal and technical difficulties to phase out slash-and-burn agricultural practices and implement agroforestry as a sustainable alternative to produce their food crops while restoring forest landscapes with native species.
Small scale farmers are on the forefront of forest conservation and are the most legitimate actors to represent the forest. Therefore, decision makers should engage those actors and consider their needs and obstacles to achieve the global common goal of reducing emissions from deforestation and mitigate climate change.
The documentary is based on my MSc field study performed in the Amazon to evaluate the local impact of policy reforms reflecting the International Climate Agenda on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).