Brazilian children relish play about food
Rabobank Brazil supports sustainable agriculture theatre project
The global demand for food is set to grow at a whirlwind pace in the coming years. That’s why farmers must learn to produce more with fewer raw materials. In other words, they’ve got to operate more sustainably. Rabobank Brazil is committed to raising the future generation’s awareness of this. So that everyone will have enough to eat in the future. This is why the bank is, in association with the Brazilian government, supporting a theatre project for children that focuses on sustainable agriculture and fits in perfectly with Rabobank’s 'Banking for Food' strategy.
The world is changing
More than 5,000 children at rural schools across Brazil have now seen the play entitled 'O Guardião da Agricultura' (The Guardian of Agriculture). The subtitle of the play speaks volumes: 'If I could change the world'. The theatre producers hope the play will sow the first seeds of a new awareness among the future generation: because they hold the future.
Theatre tour across the Brazilian countryside
The play is on tour in Brazil and is primarily being performed at schools in rural areas. This is because the pupils at these schools can relate first-hand to the reality presented in the play. Relatively smaller Brazilian cities such as Rio Verde, Varginha, Sinop, Querência, Campos de Holambra and Araxá are also included in the tour. The children in these smaller cities often do not have as much access to theatres and cultural activities as their counterparts in the large cities.
No water, no plants, no money
The play tells the story of the young Xandinho and his friends. They’re worried about the shortage of water. It is causing the crops to dry out and is creating big problems for their families and friends. And if the land does not yield any crops, there won’t be any income for the farmers and their families.
Playful approach to major themes
The actors take a playful approach to themes such as environmental conservation, the depletion of natural resources, the importance of agricultural production and healthy nutrition. The audience - comprised of primary school pupils aged ten and younger - play an active part in the performance.
Learning how to make compost
In addition to the play, the children are given a workshop on how to make compost. They learn how to recycle raw materials and are taught the basic principles of circular enterprise that is all about companies minimising waste. The children are given a packet of seeds before they leave so they can put what they’ve learned into practice at home.