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Historia Publication logo Marzo 5, 2022

El Pueblo Zoró y la Castaña Frenan la Deforestación en la Amazonía Brasileña


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An exploration of the role the Brazil nut supply chain plays in the life of the Zoró Indigenous...

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"Whoever sees the chestnut here in sacks thinks it's easy, but out there in the jungle it's suffering. You have to fetch, cut, gather, bring to the village, wash, dry, put in the sacks. That's why my people say: value our work," says Waratan, a Zoró leader.

A traditional food of the Zoró, the Brazil nut has been consolidated in recent years as a way of combining income generation and forest preservation - in the case of the Zoró, a territory of 356,000 hectares in the northwest of Mato Grosso.

When he speaks of valuing work, Waratan also alludes to fair trade, which does not always occur in the Brazil nut production chain, traditionally marked by the figure of the "traversers", i.e., mediators between producers and consumers.

Workers of the Coopavam cooperative are shown with chestnuts on January 16, 2020, in Juruena. Image by EFE/Fred Rahal Mauro/Image provided by Partnerships for Forests (P4F). Brazil.