Why Brazil Nuts?
At Freeworld, Brazil nuts are a core part of who we are. Brazil nuts are credited with the protection of millions of hectares of rainforest as well as a significant income for thousands of families in the Amazon region.
SHARED FUTURE PROJECT
We’re thrilled to share this update on one of our Shared Future projects, providing essential support to the Monte Carlos community in Bolivia. Take a look at our article to learn more about how we’re making a positive impact and helping to improve the lives of community members.
The brazil nut only grows in the wild, its home is deep in the Amazon Rainforest . The nuts develop inside large pods a lot like a coconut These pods are then collected when they mature and fall to the ground.
This trade represents a sustainable future for the rainforest. Families in Northern Bolivia can make a living by collecting brazils and other wild non timber forest products, a living good enough to provide medical care and university level education for their children.
Working with locally owned factories, our Shared Future product has now resulted in 3 core projects. Our goal is to increase transparency and tell the story of the local people who are the first line of defence against the pressures of deforestation.
With the help of a dedicated customer base, the El Chorro Community became the first Brazil Nut area to be Fair For Life certified. In year one, our strategy was to finance the collection methods. Since then we have progressed by helping establish a large fund in order to better enhance the social area. The use of funds and long term strategy is fully audited by Ecocert.
For over 10 years Freeworld has bought and distributed all 160MT of organic Brazil nuts generated from this area. The long term strategy has meant better social incomes for the area and an increased quality to our customers. With a long term transparent supply chain, we have managed to navigate tricky export markets and protect the area from deforestation.
Chacobo and Pacahuras
The Chacobo have their own language and politically recognised as the last indigenous group in the Bolivian Amazon. Brazil nuts represent 4 months income for this area so our ambitions here are to diversify their income with environmentally sustainable practices. We have bold plans to plant over 100,000 trees and regenerate the area.