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Brazil Made of Nuts is a series that tells in three episodes the paths of the Brazil nut value chain, from its seed to the market. Their production is the fruit of many hands and of the Amazon forest.
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Episode 1: Seed
The story begins with the Amanhecer Valley Farmers' Cooperative, Coopavam. The business is located in an area of interest to the farming and timber sector in the state of Mato Grosso and has had to face a lot of pressure to consolidate itself as a leader in the commercialization of Brazil nuts.
Episode 2: Roots
Who are the Zoro? The Indigenous people who live in the Mato Grosso region today have a large part of their territory preserved because of the Brazil nut activity that has become the main source of income for the community.
Episode 3: Harvest
In the last episode of the series you will learn about the logistical challenge for Brazil nuts to leave the forest and reach the shelves of commercial establishments in cities. In addition, we tell you a little about how a community-based farmers' cooperative can conquer the international market through fair trade.