We source Brazilnut oil from the Candela not-for-profit Community Trade organisation. Founded in 1989, it provides employment for over 100 women. Candela aims to empower small producers and communities, strengthen organisations and increase their capacity to improve living standards and conserve the biodiversity of the region.
Peru’s Brazilnut trade provides an environmentally-friendly alternative to unsustainable income sources, helping to sustain the Amazon rainforest. The Castaneros who collect the Brazilnuts help protect the environment so the trees and forest can thrive.
Dona has a concession consisting of 360 Brazilnut trees. Her earnings from the nuts help build poultry stocks and fish ponds, which she breeds and sells. In 2011 she set up her own chicken rotisserie restaurant and employs barriqueros from the sierra to harvest the Brazilnuts.
The Brazilnut trees only bear fruit in the original rainforest - an environment that can’t be commercially replicated. Trade from nuts and oil provides an income and helps protect thousands of hectares of the Madre de Dios region of the Amazon rainforest because the trade provides an environmentally friendly alternative to unsustainable income sources. This helps to protect the forest as locals realise it provides a sustainable source of income.
The Brazilnut tree's flowers are pollinated by the female Long-Tongued Orchid Bee - the only insect capable of doing so. The bees use the scent from one specific orchid to attract females. Only one species of animal, a sharp-toothed rodent called the Agouti, can chew through the tough Brazil pod so nuts can be buried to grow new trees. The primary forest has the right balance of trees, orchids and bees that allow the Brazilnut trees to be pollinated.
Lima and Puerto Maldonado, in the Madre de Dios region of Peru
Our trade helps protect thousands of hectares of one of the most biologically diverse places on earth, the Madre de Dios region of the Amazon rainforest
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