A PROJECT BY PLAMSUR: ORGANIC PRODUCTION OF MEDICINAL PLANTS IN AFRICAN DESCENDENT COMMUNITIES IN SOUTHERN BRAZIL
The program PLAMSUR (Plantas Medicinais do Mercosul) aimed to increase income of agricultural family workers by diversifying their productions and cultivating medicinal plants. Investigating their traditional knowledge of African slave descendent communities (Quilombolas) established in Palmares do Sul, Brazil have highlighted the richness in plant genetic resources maintained by heirloom seeds. The investigation method used was based on participatory research and the growers of Quilombola Communitarian Association of Limoeiro were the main players of the activities around experimental cultivation and marketing of medicinal plants. Organic cultivation of exotic and traditional species, especially the Cimbopogum citratus, Achyrocline satureioides, Achilea millefolium, Chamomila recutita, Mikania glomerata, M. laevigata, and Hibiscus sabdariffa, made it possible to obtain commercial-quality raw materials.
Barros, I.B.I. and Wiest , J.M. (2011). A PROJECT BY PLAMSUR: ORGANIC PRODUCTION OF MEDICINAL PLANTS IN AFRICAN DESCENDENT COMMUNITIES IN SOUTHERN BRAZIL. Acta Hortic. 921, 205-207
promotional opportunities, organic herbal teas, agroecology, quilombolas