Agro-ecology rather than poisonous pesticides
Since 2010, Fátima Batista Barros has been working to defend her community’s rights. After a violent conflict with the agricultural industry, her whole community was threatened by expulsion from their lands. We painted Fátima’s portrait using water polluted by pesticides.
“Respect of our rights is closely linked to preserving the environment, and to sustainable, pesticide-free agriculture.” Fátima is a teacher who fights for the land rights of the Quilombola people, who are descendants of African slaves. “My family’s existence is based on the agro-ecological methods that they brought with them from Africa. Our people were enslaved and exploited, but we never lost our culture.”
“Our land is sacred to us”, says Fátima. Since a violent conflict with a farmer who runs an industrial farm in the region in 2010, her community lives in a permanent state of alert. Four times already, they have nearly been forced away from their territory by representatives of the agricultural industry. Yet Fátima continues to fight for the Quilombola’s right to farm their land in a sustainable manner.