Research Program

The development of the Amazon requires the knowledge of socio-biodiversity and the establishment of agricultural techniques and technologies that allow the rational use of natural resources. In this way, Idesam has developed PEPEPRS – Program for Teaching, Research and Extension in Sustainable Rural Production, which aims to contribute to studies and research that meet the demands of the region for scientific and technological innovation promoting sustainable development.

The program comprises a inter- and multidisciplinary group of researchers, technicians and rural producers who participate in the development of research and extension projects, technology transfer, training and dissemination aimed at researching, evaluating and adapting different environmental and social reconversion options of agricultural activity in the Amazon.

The target audience are technical undergraduates, undergraduate and Strictu Sensu undergraduate students who are interested in working in a voluntary internship, residency internship, undergraduate thesis, and masters and doctoral research.

  • To develop, test and evaluate the management of sustainable production systems in the Amazon, as well as sustainability indicators applied to the regional context, including comparisons with other regions.
  • To develop studies in themes that connect and transit through the different disciplines and knowledge of production systems based on principles of sustainability.
  • To understand the elements of success of sustainable production systems, that is, those that imitate or use the biogeochemical and ecological processes of nature to increase the socio-environmental benefits.
  • To know the current value chains and their barriers to increase the scale of implantation and the persistence of type of production in Amazon agroecosystems.

We have a network of more than 100 producers who are developing a series of tests and transforming their production through technologies more appropriate to the region’s ecosystem, where trees are an essential component. Thus, productive arrangements involving trees, – whether in agroforestry systems, such as coffee; in livestock, such as intensive silvipastoral systems; or in the use of timber and non-timber forest resources – are contemplated.

This space is also for those interested in improving their technical and scientific knowledge in the social, political and economic development of complex socioecological systems, in the analysis, modeling and application of participatory tools for territorial governance.

To support the development of the academic study in Apuí, Idesam has a headquarters with all office and accommodation infrastructure, as well as cars and motorcycles for field support.

The technical and scientific production is made available through Idesam publications and in periodicals, as well as in events, congresses and workshops on the subject. The knowledge acquired is incorporated and passed on to the producers and interested parties through training and presentations in formal spaces as a way to stimulate discussion and debate in the search for creative and appropriate solutions to the environmental and social problems of the Amazon.

We also provide support for the commercialization of timber and non-timber forest products.

To show your interest in being part of our program, follow these steps:

1 – Send you resumé and a letter of intent (maximum 1 page) via e-mail;

2 – Fill the Registration Form (available here);

3 – Interview (face-to-face or via Skype) as scheduled.


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