We want to make a documentary about the Associations for the Maintenance of Proximity Agriculture (AMAP), also called CSA's, a movement for social transformation around food as a common good. Support this project for a more just and ecological agriculture!
What we intend is to make a documentary where we show that it is possible to do agriculture in a fairer and more ecological way, which is already happening from North to South of the country with the Associations for the Maintenance of Proximity Agriculture - the AMAP's, also known as CSA's - Community-Supported Agriculture.
An AMAP/CSA is formed when a group of people decide to make a commitment with local farmers to associate and share the risks and the abundance of ecologically cultivated production.
An unusual relationship of solidarity is born, in which there are no longer two parties with different interests. People stop consuming goods from afar and become co-producers, taking care of the common good: food and those who produce it.
In Portugal there are currently 8 of these groups in operation, with about 300 people involved in a model of production and purchase without intermediation, cultivating a relationship of trust, shared responsibility and mutual support. Thus contributing to a more dignified life for those who produce with care and quality what we eat and at a fairer price for all.
We want to make this movement more visible, a movement that is in favor of food sovereignty and which is regenerating the relationships between those who produce and those who buy, whilst also regenerating soils, and preserving landscapes and agricultural varieties, the basis of gastronomic traditions that warm our memories.
Beyond the historical importance of documenting the advances of the AMAP/CSA movement in Portugal, we hope that the documentary will have a multiplying effect, motivating others to replicate this model.
The goal of this campaign is to raise 3000 euros that will cover travel, accommodation, food, rental of audiovisual equipment and a symbolic contribution for the 2 audiovisual technicians.
Objectives of the documentary
Between Odemira in Alentejo Litoral and Alfândega da Fé in Trás-os-Montes, we will travel about 1300 km to film the wanderings of those who participate in this unique way of doing agriculture.
This trip will be documented to create a visual tool, which communicates and describes this model in a comprehensive way, to the general public and to those who do proximity agriculture.
The documentary will seek to:
- explain what an AMAP/CSA is, its principles, its current practices, its conditions and the necessary conditions for its multiplication;
- illustrate the social, organizational, human, plant and animal (bio)diversity existing in each project;
- to show a concrete social, agroecological, self-organized and solidarity-economic alternative, which puts those who produce food with care at the center, something so necessary in the current context of environmental, social and health crisis.
- contribute to the critical debate in face of the limitations of a subsidized agriculture or in a mercantilized organic production mode, which does not favor territories or landscapes.
- highlight the differentiating elements of this socio-economic model based on cooperation, where consumers are co-producers because they share responsibility for production/distribution/organization.
An AMAP is much more than a way of consumption, it is much more than a basket of Organic products you receive at home.
An AMAP is Movement.
A movement that starts from the cultivation of our own food, together, to then reflect and intervene locally in the world around us.