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Case Studies

The project is evaluating the outcomes of commercial deal in the following areas.
If you wish to suggest another study area to be incorporated in the project, please get in touch with us here.


Médio Juruá Extractive Reserve

The Médio Juruá Extractive Reserve controls approximately 250,000 ha and is located about four hours by boat apart from the small town of Carauari in the Amazonas state. Established in 1997, the local population approaches 700 inhabitants, distributed over 13 locations.

The partnership is based on the commercialisation of vegetable oils, sourced into cosmetics. The oils are locally extracted, in a process developed with help of the Federal University of Amazonas.

More information about the Reserve, see here.


Koatinemo Indigenous Territory – Asurini Indigenous People

Located in the municipality of Altamira, Brazilian state of Pará, the Koatinemo Indigenous Territory has approximately 388,000 hectares and is home to the Asurini of the Xingu, a group from the Tupi-Guarani speaking family. The Asurini, name given by the government attraction team, entered into contact with the Brazilian society in 1971. As a consequence, they suffered a drastic population loss, which reduced them to about 50 individuals. Today, partially recuperated, there are about 120 individuals in the group.

The Asurini are skillful ceramists, a seasonal activity that occupies an important share of women’s time. Regarding subsistence, the Asurini are mainly agriculturalists, but also hunt, fish and gather forest products.

The partnership is based on the commercialisation of Brazil nuts, which are transformed into oil in the headquarters of the indigenous cooperative in Altamira, before trading.

More information about the Asurini, see here.


Indigenous Territory Araweté–Igarapé Ipixuna – Araweté Indigenous People

With about 940 thousand hectares, the Araweté/Ipixuna Indigenous Territory is located in the Brazilian state of Pará, within the Terra do Meio, a region marked by several conflicts. Since October 2005, the total population of about 340 Araweté inhabits two villages: Ipixuna, the old village, and Pakañã, just created.

 

Officially contacted in 1973, the Araweté belong to the Tupi-Guarani family and are classified as hunters and agriculturalists from terra firme. The group combines agriculture, particularly of maize, with hunting, fishing and gathering of forest products. The material culture and agricultural techniques of the group are far less elaborated than other Tupi-Guarani groups.

As the Asurini, the partnership is based on the commercialisation of Brazil nuts, which are transformed into oil in the headquarters of the indigenous cooperative in Altamira, before trading.

More information about the Araweté, see here.


Association in Land Settlement Areas of Maranhão State (ASSEMA)

ASSEMA is an organisation created and directed by rural workers and female babassu nut breakers, operating at the Mearim River region, Brazilian state of Maranhão.

ASSEMA is an organisation created and directed by rural workers and female babassu nut breakers, operating at the Mearim River region, Brazilian state of Maranhão. It embraces 17 settlements in the cities of São Luiz Gonzaga do Maranhão, Lima Campos, Lago do Junco, Lago dos Rodrigues, Esperantinópolis and Peritoró. Founded in 1989, ASSEMA offers technical, economic and political assistance to rural workers, and particularly babassu nut breakers, stimulating the organisation of cooperatives and associations among small-scale family farmers for organic farming and sustainable management of natural resources. ASSEMA’s main focus is family farming, equitable gender relations and protection of cultural diversity.

The commercial partnerships established by ASSEMA are related to subproducts from the babassu palm tree such as babassu oil, babassu soap, babassu flour and babassu “cake” (leftover used as animal food).

More information about Assema, see here.

 
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