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Solutions to the challenges of conventional food and agriculture systems:
  • Integrated crop livestock systems (ICLS)
  • Fair trading and Labeling
  • Cooperatives - agriculture
  • Permaculture
  • Organic agriculture
  • Organic certification


The main objective of the Forum on Sustainability in Food Production is to share the latest knowledge on agriculture and livestock farming developed in Brazil, focusing on integrated agricultural production systems, a model endorsed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Food security while promoting environmental preservation and the social inclusion of those involved in agricultural activities.

The reason we chose the Federal University of Paraná for the event is because the institution has the only research center specializing in integrated systems of agricultural production and livestock in the world located in an environment of environmental preservation (APA - protected by law ) The NITA - Center for Technological Innovation in Agriculture.

NITA takes to the field interesting and solid results based on research developed by postgraduate students (Master’s, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate) and undergraduate programs in agrarian, veterinary, forestry and environmental sciences. The core is a member of an alliance composed of different universities: Ohio State University (USA), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, University of California and Massey University of New Zealand.

The work carried out in the research area is related to the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions in different production systems, animal behavior in different production systems, soil and water management and other related environmental and productive aspects.

The event is held for two days, it is not the first day lectures are given without audit of Agricultural Sciences, and on the second day there is an opportunity for the participants of the visit event. NITA where it is sold. Reviews on low farm practices. Emission of carbon, conservation agriculture and good agricultural practices.


08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:10 Welcome note and event induction and explanation
Rafael Araújo Bonatto – UFPR / NITA
09:10 – 09:40 Agriculture Sustainability – Trends and challenges
Rafael Araújo Bonatto – UFPR / NITA
Moderator: Rafael Araújo Bonatto
09:40 – 10:10 Rural Advisory Services (RAS) – Examples from the field: Participatory RAS and its Outcomes
Jean Carlos Mezzalira, PhD in Zootechny – UFRGS / SIA
10:10 – 10:40 Morning Coffee Break
10:40 – 11:10 Permaculture, its accomplishments and future demands
João Paulo Santana – IPEPA
11:10 – 11:40 ICLS (Silviculture) – Successful examples and looking towards the future
Alessandro Camargo Angelo, Professor UFPR
11:40 – 13:45 Lunch interval
Moderator: Rafael Araújo Bonatto
13:45 – 14:30 More sustainable production processes with the use of drones
Tiago Tomé, Sales Manager at Horus
14:30 – 15:00 Pathways to organic certification
Dennis Ditchfield, Technical Director IBD
15:00 – 15:30 Livestock Management
Marcelo Beltrão Molento - Professor
Thales Baggio Portugal - PhD Student UFPR / NITA
Breno Campos - PhD Student UFPR / NITA
15:30 – 16:00 Evening Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00
Moderator: Rafael Araújo Bonatto
17:00– 17:30 Event closing and Elaboration of Proposal Letter
Rafael Araújo Bonatto and Speakers
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Day 27th October 2017 - Visit to NITA


Rafael Araújo Bonatto Consultant in Rural Development

Graduated in Environmental Management from the Faculty of Technology (2009) and Permaculture and Rural Development from Permaculture College - Australia (2007). Currently he is a consultant in Rural Development collaborating with the SEBRAE - RS and Rurale institutions. He worked as an Assistant Professor at the Tuiuti University of Paraná, responsible for the disciplines of Ecology, Territory Management, Interdisciplinary Projects, Agribusiness and Sustainable Management in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He is a co-founder of Instituto Ambiente em Movimento - Brasil, an environmental contributor at Eumundi State School - Australia and Curitiba Eco Hostel - Brazil. Has experience in the area of ​​Agronomy, working mainly in the following subjects: environmental education, permaculture and rural development. Researcher in Territorial Rural Development from the University of Córdoba - Spain and PhD in Agronomy from UFPR, where he investigates the sustainability of agricultural and food systems.

Marcelo Beltrão Molento Professor

Veterinarian, graduated from the University of Alfenas, UNIFENAS (1989) and PhD in Parasitology from McGill University, Canada (2000). He is currently Associate Professor at the Federal University of Paraná, Coordinator of the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases and researcher at CNPq. He is a consultant to several development and research entities in Brazil (PR, BA, SC, SP, MS, RO, CE, MA, PE, ES) and Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, USA, Uruguay, Belgium and the Netherlands. The scientific objective of the researcher is to develop techniques using the Integrated Parasite Control System, SICOPA, also known as IPM (integrated pest management) in various animal systems. SICOPA covers areas of resistance in parasites of veterinary interest (eg Haemonchus contortus), diagnosis and maintenance of anthelmintic efficacy and development of new management strategies. It acts as a diffuser of the FAMACHA method, develops antiparasitic products with phytotherapics, in vitro and molecular techniques for parasitological diagnosis, and also responds to the demand with Fasciola hepatica and Zoonoses (Leptospirosis, Brazilian Macular Fever). He is Coordinator of the Extension Program: PARAVET, Biological Collection of Parasites of Veterinary Interest, with headquarters at UFPR and is a member of the CISS, Wild Health Information Center, coordinated by FIOCRUZ-RJ with funding from the World Bank and INCT- Livestock, National Institute of Science and Technology - Livestock Information, headquartered at UFMG in Belo Horizonte. He is Deputy Editor of the Brazilian Veterinary Research magazine, PVB and member of the editorial board of the journals Veterinary Parasitology and the Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology RBPV. He is also a reviewer of more than 20 journals, including PLOS-One.

Dennis Ditchfield Technical Director IBD

Agricultural Engineer graduated from the Federal Rural University of Rio de January in 1977. He worked for five years in the Department of Technical Assistance (DAT) of the Cooperatives of the ABC Group (Arapoti, Batavo, Castrolanda) / PR. He was Chief of the Plant Protection Sector. Main crops: soybeans, corn, Wheat, barley, oats, rye, beans, grassland and green manures. Rotations Cultivation, Direct Planting and Experiments. (1978-1982) He has been a leader and a rural producer since 1981. In the last Irrigated rice. In the other period, bubalinculture of milk and passion fruit. She was a model producer in 1983 by the Ministry of Agriculture. He specializes in Production Systems. Consultant, Registration Technician and Official Jury in Bubalinocultura. He worked at the Instituto Agronômico do Paraná (IAPAR) with the Research team in Production Systems and as an Administrator of Experimental station of Lapa / PR (1985-1987) Production Manager at Agropecuária and São Marcos Paper Industry. PR (1987-1991) Worked as Supervisor Engineer in Company Permit Dalcon Engineering. Responsible for the technical team, evaluation and Indemnification of damage to crops due to prospecting activities Seismic activity in PR and SC (1992-1993) He worked for five years in the Secretariat of State for Agriculture and Supply of Paraná (SEAB) as Chief of Nucleus and as Regional Coordinator. (1995-2000) IBD Inspector / Auditor since 1991. Audits in Plant Production (Grains, fruits, sugarcane, nuts) and Animal (meat and milk), Processing (Industries, plants and refrigerators) and Extractivism (nuts). Vice-President of the Brazilian Biodynamic Agriculture Association (1999- 2001) President of the Biodynamic Institute Certification Association (since 2001) Director / Managing Partner of IBD Certificações Ltda (since 2009). Has a Training Course for Internal Consultants and Facilitators by Adigo Consultores. (2008) Qualified as Internal Auditor-ISO 22000: 2005 / NBR, ISO 22000: 2006 by BRTÜV. (2007) He made technical trips to the United States, the Netherlands, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and China.

Jean Carlos Mezzalira PhD in Zootechny – UFRGS / SIA

Jean Carlos Mezzalira, born in Dois Vizinhos-PR. He holds a degree in Agricultural Science from the Federal Technological University of Paraná - Pato Branco - PR (2006), a master's degree in Zootechnics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2009) and a PhD in Zootechnics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul -Director of the University of California - Davis, in the Department of Plant and Environmental Science working on partnership projects between UC Davis and UFRGS. He is currently a technical consultant and state supervisor at SIA - Agribusiness Intelligence Service. He acts in consulting, planning of agricultural properties and management of people.

Thales Baggio Portugal PhD Student UFPR / NITA

Graduated in Agronomy from the Federal University of Paraná (2013), he was Vice-President (2011) and President (2012) of the Academic Center of Agronomy Lycio Vellozo. For the same University, he graduated in the MBA in Agribusiness Management (2015) and completed the Master's degree in the Postgraduate Program in Agronomy - Plant Production (PGAPV / UFPR) (2016). He is currently a PhD student at the PGAPV / UFPR, focusing on greenhouse gas emissions by ruminants on grazing, pasture management and animal health control. He has experience in the area of Agronomy, with emphasis on Integrated Systems of Agricultural Production and Pasture Management, participating since 2013 in the Center for Technological Innovation in Agriculture (NITA) and since 2014, acting as technical consultant for the PISA / MAPA / UFPR program. Rural producer of the region of Arenito Caiuá, has practice with bovinocultura of cut to the pasture and Integrated Systems of Agricultural and Livestock Production.

Breno Menezes de Campos PhD Student UFPR / NITA

He holds a master’s degree in Agronomy (Plant Production in Integrated Systems) from the Federal University of Paraná (2015), a degree in Agronomy from the Federal University of Paraná (2010) and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the Centro Universitário Franciscano FAE (2011). He is currently a PhD student at the Federal University of Paraná (Plant Production in Integrated Systems). Research project at the Nucleus of Technological Innovation in Agriculture (NITA - UFPR), with emphasis on animal production to pasture and pasture management.

João Paulo Santana IPEPA

Architect Urbanist, post-graduate in public management, professor of urban planning.
Acted as:
- Regional Head of the General Fields of Autonomous Social Service PARANACIDADE, Body linked to SEDU - State Secretariat for Urban Development (Work Current).
- Professor of Urban Planning, in the city of Ponta Grossa - Faculdades Ponta Thick (Mar 2014 / May 2016).
- President of the Council of the Research and Planning Institute of Ponta Grossa - IPLAN - Period: (Jan / Dec 2015).
- Municipal Secretary of Planning, Urbanism and Environment in the city of São João do Triunfo / PR - Period: (Jan / Sep 2013).
- Public Ministry of the Environment / PR- Geoprocessing of degraded areas, Irregular settlements and population in risk areas (2009);
- Professor of Sustainable Development;
- Speaker of Bio-Regional and Sustainable Urban Planning;
- President of CONSEG / SJT - Community Public Security Council of São John of Triumph - PR
- Instructor of farmers in sustainability in rural settlements (lectures);
- ECOPARANÁ (SETU) - Supervised designer of buildings in Preservation permanent APP and state parks (2008/2009);
- City Hall of Pinhais - Project broker and supervised designer of the Secretariat of Urban Planning (2002/2003).

Alessandro Camargo Angelo UFPR Professor

Forest Engineer (1994), Masters (1997) and PhD (2001), by UFPR. He has been teaching UFPR since 1998, teaching and acting as a tutor in courses such as Forestry Engineering and Agronomy, as well as for postgraduate studies (MSc and Dr) in Forestry Engineering. He also teaches and teaches MBA courses at UFPR, such as Forest Management, Environmental Management and Precision Forest Management. Currently acts as tutor of the group PET Engenharia Florestal developed teaching, research and extension activities with this group. It coordinates current in the project "Arboreto" involved with a production and dissemination of knowledge involving the use of forest components in rural properties.


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