José Artur de Barros Padilha
Fellow Since 1994
Projeto Base Zero
This description of José Artur de Barros Padilha's work was prepared when José Artur de Barros Padilha was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1994.
In northeastern Brazil, José Artur Padilha is developing new methods of soil and water management, energy use and agricultural production that protect fragile semi-arid environments and yield significantly increased economic returns. He is testing his techniques on a farm in Pernambuco and applying them in demonstration projects in other parts of the region.
The New Idea