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From the Amazon to the World: A Story of Brazil nuts
 

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Every Brazil nut you eat comes from the Amazon rainforest.

Every Brazil nut you eat comes from the Amazon rainforest.

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    From the Amazon to the World: A Story of Brazil nuts From the Amazon to the World: A Story of Brazil nuts Presentation Transcript

    • Every Brazil nut you eat comes from the Amazon rainforest.
    • They grow on giant trees across the Amazon – but are especially abundant inBrazil, Bolivia and Peru.
    • In Peru, the government formalised traditional Brazil nut harvesting areasunder a system of concessions, where each family has the right to collect nutsin a particular patch of forest.
    • Felicitas Ramirez Surco owns a concession of 242 hectares, with 168producing Brazil nut trees.
    • She’s nearly 60, so she’s hired Serapio Condores Daza to harvest the nuts forher.
    • Every year from January to April – the wet season – the huge Brazil nut fruitsfall from the trees. Señor Serapio gathers them into piles.
    • At a safe distance from the tree (so the fruits don’t fall on his head) he uses amachete to split the hard case open…
    • …to extract the 10 to 20 nuts inside.
    • This year, scientists from the Centre for International Forestry Research areworking alongside Señor Serapio in Señora Felicitas’ concession.
    • They’re counting every fruit, and once those have been cracked open,weighing every sack of nuts, to record how much each tree produces.
    • The scientists are hoping to discover what impact selective timber logging inthe concessions has on Brazil nut production…
    • Among other factors, theyre looking at logging impacts on the forest structure - like gaps orskid trails - and how these in turn affect the amount of nuts nearby Brazil nut trees produce.
    • Señora Felicitas hopes for 100 sacks this year – equalling around 2000kilograms of shelled nuts.
    • Señor Serapio seals each sack with leaves…
    • …then carries them out of the forest to a waiting motorbike.
    • Each weighs between 60 and 80 kilograms.
    • They’re taken by motorbike to the nearest village…
    • …where the shells are removed…
    • …using a special machine.
    • Then they’re dried, packaged, and exported to the world.
    • For more information about logging and Brazil nuts in the Amazon, click:BLOG STORIES:• Harvesting both timber and Brazil nuts in Peru’s Amazon forests: can they coexist?• Learning experience: Young Peruvian foresters contribute to Brazil nut research• Snakes, thieves and falling nuts: Challenges of Brazil nut harvesting in PeruPAPERS:• Compatibility of timber and non-timber forest product management in naturaltropical forests• Multiple use management of tropical production forests: How can we move fromconcept to reality?• Evaluating the opportunities and limitations to multiple use of Brazil nuts andtimber in Western Amazonia• Multiple use forestry planning: Timber and Brazil nut management in thecommunity forests of Northern Bolivia
    • This work forms part of the CGIAR ResearchProgram on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry andwas supported by USAID.