This project aims to analyze different ways family farmers appropriate agroforestry techniques and narratives at Barra do Turvo, in Vale do Ribeira, state of São Paulo. Over time, these farmers that presently form the association Cooperfloresta have been in contact with many activists, researchers and scientists, including Ernst Götsch, himself one of the main systematizers of the agroforestry concept, whom they met in 1996. It is our goal to understand, from the point of view of these farmers, the economic, social and symbolic aspects of the practical cultivation of forests, and in what way this practice constitutes itself through, and is included in, a dialogue between science and tradition, transnationalism and locality, learned culture and oral culture. To this end, we focus on the interconnections between traditional knowledge and the alternative science put forward by agroecology, with special emphasis on the intellectual work of agroforestry researchers and the local people's representations of nature - plants, animals, soil and other aspects - while striving to chart their convergence, dilemmas or possible conflicts.
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