One of our biggest challenges is right at the base of our production chain, which is the farming techniques used for the vast majority of farmers in Brazil and all over world, whether they are organic or not. It is not easy task to show farmers how the farming techniques humanity has being using for centuries have been leading to the degradation of soil, climate change, etc; and at the same time keep their mind open to the solutions we bring.
For the last 5 years, we have experimented with Syntropic Agriculture with amazing results. It is a farming system that integrates the production of annual plants and herbs with perennial trees, mimicking the way that natural forest systems work and bringing its principles for food production. We have seen in the field for instance: soil formation, increase in fertility, increase the resilience of the system and its biodiversity, more capacity to retain humidity in the soil, increase in organic matter levels, among other ecological services. All these using natural processes rather than external inputs. Our team has experts in Syntropic Agriculture and our plan is to develop a capacity building program in order to help farmers transition into a real regenerative agriculture which, in the process of producing food, restores degraded ecosystems. As a Brazilian company we are very concerned with conservation as we see the urgent need to stop destroying our forests, coastlines and other ecosystems. In such systems, it is possible to grow everything, from vegetables, roots, herbs, fruits, grains to timber. The development of machines capable of accomplishing the tasks demanded in Syntropic Agriculture play also a major role in the acceptance of new techniques by farmers, which is something we are also involved in.
Another challenge is for us to adapt to the factories in which we process our products, minimum and maximum orders. From the options that are in an acceptable range from us we have cases that their minimum order is too big for the quantities we need and others that their maximum production capacity is too low. A challenge, that a more consistent commercialization can help to solve.