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Check out easy and practical recipes with baru nuts

 

 

Brigadeiro de baru. Photo: Lula Lopes / Collection Cajuí Digital Communication

Brigadeiro de baru 

By chef Eliane Regis 

Ingredients

400g condensed milk 

200g of fresh cream 

3 tablespoons of baru flour 

2 tablespoons of butter at room temperature 

Baru nut flour to sprinkle the brigadeiros 

Butter for greasing

Preparation mode

Baru flour 

To be made into flour, the baru nut must be roasted. Remove the shell and beat the almonds in a blender or processor. 

Brigadier

In a saucepan, place the condensed milk, baru flour, sour cream and butter. Mix well and bring to a low heat, stirring constantly until it comes off the bottom of the pan for about 10 minutes. Remove it from the heat, transfer the contents to a buttered dish and let it cool. Grease your hands with butter, make spheres and finish with baru flour.

Baru paçoca. Photo: Raimundo Sampaio / Cajuí Digital Communication Collection

Paçoca de baru

By Cerrado Pitadas 

Ingredients

80g of baru nut

20g of cassava flour

40g of honey

10g of water

Preparation mode

Beat the peeled baru nut in a blender until it turns into flour. Reserve. Then, beat the cassava flour in a blender until it reaches a very fine consistency. Reserve.

Mix the two flours with the honey and water until it becomes a homogeneous mixture. Reserve 5g of the mixture for finishing. Make 10g balls (as if they were brigadeiros) and pass them in this mixture. If you want it more loose, pass it through a sieve (as in the photo).

Baru kid's foot. Photo: Thamirys Andrade / Cajuí Digital Communication Collection

Baru brat's foot 

By Thamyris Andrade

Ingredients

. 300g (2 cups) sugar 

. 600ml (6 tablespoons) of water 

. Roasted and lightly chopped baru nuts 

Preparation mode 

Bring the water and sugar to a fire in a saucepan. Stir the mixture until it caramelizes and reaches the wire point. Add the chestnut and stir well to incorporate it into the syrup. Pour the mixture over the marble stone (or aluminum form). Wait for 1 minute to cool and cut the candy into squares. 

 

Cooperatives and agroecology hand in hand: discover the work of Grande Sertão

Cooperatives and agroecology hand in hand: discover the work of Grande Sertão

by Luana Luizy, Communication Officer, International Education Institute of Brazil

 

Combined with environmental conservation, the Grande Sertão cooperative, in Montes Claros, also north of MG, was founded in 2003, and works with food from family farming.

The standout product is the buriti oil, used by the cosmetic and food industries.

The tasty sour coconut beer. Photo: Grande Sertão Collection

Currently, Grande Sertão has 230 members, covers 30 municipalities and indirectly involves 2 thousand families and 350 rural communities. “We are looking for new commercialization channels to strengthen us even more, and everything is done  within the principles of sustainable management ”, points out Fábio Soares, leader of the cooperative.

Altogether, more than 25 species are processed, such as araticum, cagaita, murici, cajá, jatobá, pequi, among others. Honey, rapadura and cachaça are also part of the list of products sold by Grande Sertão, which also produces and sells a tasty delicacy made from sour coconut: craft beer which is already famous throughout Brazil.

Partnership with CEPF Cerrado and IEB

With the support of Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF Cerrado) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), through the project & #8220; Buriti & #8211; income generation for young people and women, conservation of Veredas and Chapadas & #8221;, a buriti production chain for the Grande Sertão it came out strengthened. The project favored the extraction and commercialization of oil from the fruit, contributing to the conservation of the Veredas, a type of ecosystem in the Cerrado where the palm tree is born and an important birthplace of springs. “Based on the initiative, we gave strength to trade to be structured; it was also an instrument to maintain these conserved areas ”, says Aryanne Amaral, project assistant for CEPF Cerrado's implementation strategy.

Buriti shavings. Photo: Grande Sertão Cooperative Collection

The commercialization of oil was successful, and today, Grande Sertão has reached the international market with the product and has renowned clients, such as the Brazilian giant Natura. Women and youth were involved in this process and benefited, being important players in the conservation of the Cerrado.

In the buriti production chain, women are ahead: they collect, extract oil, pulp, dry and pack. With this project, women started to have financial autonomy ”, says Fábio Soares.

Covid-19

Family farmer. Photo: Grande Sertão Cooperative Collection

The pandemic, of course, also brought impacts on the daily lives of associates Grande Sertão, which saw sales plummet. If it is not possible to sell family farming products at collective fairs, cooperative members needed to rethink the survival mechanisms in the market.

“We have more than 30 tons of fruit pulp stocked, with an expiration date to expire. We are looking for new strategies, such as turning these pulps into jellies, or developing a ready-made juice line. But we have a challenge, since we don't use preservatives; the product is natural ”, ponders Soares.

About Grande Sertão

The Grande Sertão Cooperative develops actions around the sustainability and agroecology, with the objective of promoting the strengthening of agroextractive communities. Associations and cooperatives, good production practices with Cerrado fruits, promote the management and conservation of rural territories where sustainable agroextractivism is practiced.

 

For more information about the Grande Sertão, visit: https://www.facebook.com/cooperativagrandesertao/


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Grande Sertão Cooperative publishes reference term to hire specialized technical service

THE Grande Sertão Cooperative has been developing actions around sustainability and agroecology, discussing new concepts, presenting solutions and developing strategies for collaborative action in order to promote the strengthening of agroextractive communities. Among the actions developed there is a continuous process of transferring and building knowledge with training practices in associativism and cooperativism, good production practices and development of food products with fruits of the Cerrado, in addition to seeking to strengthen the management and conservation of rural territories where sustainable agroextractivism.

Thus, productive chains of Cerrado fruits have been organized, built and strengthened, as an example: the buriti (Mauritania flexuosa) that occurs in paths with plenty of water, it has been used in a sustainable way for the production of pulps and oil extraction; The pequi (Caryocar brasiliense) used for the production of flour, pulp and oil; The coquinho-sour (Butia captata) used for the production of frozen pulp, beers and sweets; The baru (Dipteryx alata), which in addition to consumption in natura, is being tested for the production of oils and other potential products, which are under development. The Cooperative continues to seek ways to expand its work to new communities and municipalities in the north of Minas Gerais, with a focus on strengthening local economies and promoting the conservation of ecosystems.

In this sense, the Grande Sertão Cooperative makes public the term of reference for hiring a specialized technical service to support technical assistance, aiming at the standardization and continuous improvement of the nutritional and sanitary quality of the products of the Cerrado that are collected, processed and commercialized by the Cooperative. The objective is to enhance the sustainable use of native Cerrado fruits and strengthen the economies of agroextractive communities, aiming at the best practices of management and conservation of the hot spot Cerrado and the corridor Grande Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu within the project “Grande Sertão - Extraction, Conservation and Income”.

Professionals interested in performing the services presented will have until the day July 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm, to send via e-mail your proposals, together with the requested documentation as described in Reference term.

For more information, contact:

José Fábio Soares

telephone: (38) 3223-2285

email: cooperativagrandesertao@gmail.com

 

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Family farmers launch virtual store with products from the Cerrado and Caatinga biomes

Central do Cerrado's e-commerce brings together more than 30 associations and cooperatives from different parts of the country

Pequi extraction (Caryocar brasiliense), Community of Pedras, Januária, MG. Photo: Andre Dib

Baru, jatobá, pequi, umbu. Regional ingredients that symbolize the biodiversity found in Brazilian flavors. The Cerrado and Caatinga harvest inspires farmers living in these territories - in the states of Minas Gerais, Federal District, Tocantins, Bahia, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Maranhão, Pará and Goiás - to benefit food products and produce handicrafts with cultural wealth that guarantees autonomy and income.

Communities of extractive family farmers lead this work, which rarely occupy supermarket shelves. Together they form the Central do Cerrado: a cooperative formed by more than 30 community organizations (between cooperatives and associations) and acts as a bridge between those who produce and those who consume. In times of strengthening the delivery service, the Central opens a new platform where the internet user from anywhere in the country finds more than 200 items and can receive them without leaving home.

“With the situation of COVID19 and social isolation, many of these communities had their production outlets compromised. Sale through the online store is a way to sell products from these communities and guarantee income for agroextractive families. Commercialization helps to keep the Cerrado and Caatinga standing, conserve native biodiversity, encourages staying in the countryside, values local culture and the traditional way of life ”, emphasizes the executive secretary of the Central do Cerrado, Luis Roberto Carrazza.

The agroindustries of the producer communities of the Central do Cerrado operate observing the basic care of social distance, use of masks, extra care for personal hygiene, sterilization of the structures of equipment and supplies: details also observed by the staff of the Central do Cerrado in the preparation and shipping online store orders.

Pequi chestnuts (Cooperuaçu). Photo: Marcus Desimoni / NITRO

Socio-biodiversity products 

Among the purchase options are foods such as special flours with emphasis on the babassu mesocarp (500g, R$ 15) from the Cooperative of Small Agroextractive Producers of Esperantinópolis (Coopaesp) of the traditional community of quebradeiras, in Esperantinópolis, in Maranhão; the buriti flour (1 kg, R$ 50) from the cooperative Grande Sertão de Montes Claros, Northern Minas Gerais - in addition to the non-transgenic corn flake (500g, R$ 7) (raw material for northeastern couscous) from the Agricultural Cooperative Regional Joint of Irecê (Copirecê), of Irecê, in Bahia.

Brazilian chestnuts are also highlighted on the new website, among them the chestnut-of-baru of the Copabase cooperative (300g, R$35), super protein and energetic, one of the great icons of the Cerrado. Little used by chefs, the chestnut-of-pequi (100g, R$15) is also among the oilseeds offered by the Cerrado Central side by side with roasted licuri almonds (100g, R$7), from the Production Cooperative of the Piedmont Region from Diamantina (Coopes), also called coquinho in Bahia and rich in proteins. In the drinks category, the page features the pequi liqueur from the family brand Savana Brasil (700ml, R$70) and the sour coconut fruit beer (600ml, R$ 25) from the Grande Sertão cooperative, in Montes Claros, Minas Gerais.

Baru nut (Copabase). Photo: Raimundo Sampaio / Cajuí Digital Communication Collection

In addition to the products, the Internet user finds information about the social origin of the producing communities and the territorial origin. Among the contents of the platform are recipes, technical sheets and usage tips.

Learn more about Central do Cerrado

The Central do Cerrado is a cooperative formed by several community organizations of family farmers from the Cerrado and Caatinga. Our mission is to maintain the traditional ways of life and conservation of the territories where these peoples live by selling products developed through the sustainable use of native biodiversity.

Service
Launch of the Central do Cerrado virtual store

Day 15/05 (Friday)
Ecosocial Products from the Cerrado and Caatinga

Deliveries all over Brazil
www.centraldocerrado.org.br

 Press contact: cajui@cajuicomunicacaodigital.com.br


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

COPABASE launches series of booklets aimed at family farmers

THE Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on Solidarity Economy & #8211; COPABASE, founded on February 23, 2008, in the city of Arinos / MG is a promoter in the articulation of actions focused on Sustainable Regional Development and that saw in the structuring of interest groups in several agroextractive productive chains, the need for organization and autonomy of the families of family farmers and extractivists in a legal instrument capable of acting not only in the organization of production, but also in guaranteeing the processing and commercialization of the products that emerge, maintaining the principle of sustainability.

Through the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), COPABASE has been executing the project Sustainable production practices as promoters of biodiversity conservation in the Urucuiano Sertão, whose objective is to promote the diversification of production agroextractive with sustainable management through the collective structuring of families in the Urucuia River basin region, one of the main tributaries of the São Francisco River. Throughout its activities, the project has already disseminated sustainable technologies and practices for agroextractive production, food security and socioeconomic organization and has developed biodiversity conservation actions in the Cerrado Urucuiano, through the involvement of rural families and a network of partner organizations. One of the products of this dissemination work was the booklets, which deal with themes such as: agroecology, cooperatives, water, pests and diseases, etc. All this material will be distributed to family farmers in the areas where the project operates.

Until then, through technical assistance and visits made by the team, the project collected various data, georeferenced the properties and reached an area of coverage that adds up to 2,500 ha. In December 2019, the communities involved went from 20 to 52, involving extractivist farmers 10 cities around the cooperative.

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Are you interested? Meet the COPABASE and its products through the site!

Find out more projects supported by CEPF Cerrado and IEB in our site.


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Baru productive chain - good, clean and fair

by Luana Campos, via ECOA

Typical Cerrado chestnut, the baru (Dipteryx alata) has been gaining more and more space inside and outside the country with high added value. This is because, in addition to the great taste and its proven health benefits, the fruit of baruzeiro has a strong socio-environmental component.

1st Baru Fair Trade and Solidarity Workshop at the IX Cerrado Peoples Meeting and Fair, Brasília, DF. Photo: ©Cajuí Communication Collection

The subject was addressed in “1st Baru Chain Fair and Solidarity Workshop”, during the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People. Organized by Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on the Solidarity Economy (Copabase), the workshop was funded by the Cerrado Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and support from ECOA, Rede Cerrado, International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), among other institutions.

In the Cerrado, baru extractivism has promoted income generation, autonomy and the recovery of the self-esteem of extractive family farmers. A virtuous process that helps to settle families and young people in the countryside, contributing directly to the conservation of the biome.

For the extractivist and director of Cerrado Production, Research and Training Center (Ceppec)Rosana Sampaio, “communities are for two reasons working with baru: one is the main one, the conservation of these species, this way of life, the preservation of the place where we live. Because we want to leave our children a balanced environment, and we fight for it. And the other is that we need to foster to stay there, we need to generate income ”.

Read the full article on site from ECOA!

Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor Project

The Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor project: filling social and environmental gaps, which was executed by ECOA and was supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), was closed this year and aimed to assist the revegetation and conservation of the Cerrado, through the strengthening of non-timber extraction by communities and settlers of Mato Grosso do Sul.

With the proposal to optimize the forest restoration process started in 2016 in three rural settlements; will improve Cerrado fruit collection management, like baru and bocaiúva and sensitize the market, promoting enhancement of by-products of native fruits of the Cerrado, the project achieved important impacts for the region.

In the end, the project expanded 1 of the 22.95 hectares of Mato Grosso do Sul Cerrado which were surrounded in 2016 with support from another project. This area is being restored, restoring the native vegetation and the recovery of 03 springs / streams: Madalena Stream and Lima Stream, in the Andalucia Settlement, Nioaque; and Agachi Stream, Bandeirantes Settlement, Miranda. In the area were also recorded the return of presence of native fauna, like a raccoon or a mangrove dog and a tuiiu. In addition to this restoration process, the project team worked to promote the production of seedlings of native species of the Cerrado, made by settlers, in their own lots, giving them access to the seedlings, which are hardly found for sale in public or private nurseries in the state. By the end of the project were produced 100 seedlings of baru, which were intended for planting in the fenced areas. Fifty guavira seedlings were also produced, in the early stages, 50 jatoba seedlings, and the project ended with the murici seeds, which will be sown later this year.


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

Composting in Traditional Generating Communities

by Mario Alberto Santos, via Federal University of Western Bahia (UFOB)

This leaflet is a didactic guide to assist in the installation of a composting model made within the Pedagogical Workshop for treatment of organic solid waste and production of agricultural inputs. This workshop is part of the Project activities. Productive Backyards, Agroecology and Food Safety in the Guará River Valley, São Desidério-BA, which aims to present and disseminate social technologies and sustainable practices for agroecological food production, recovery, soil conservation and treatment of solid organic waste in traditional Geraizeiras communities in western Bahia. Funding for the project is from CEPF Cerrado (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund), an international fund administered in Brazil by the IEB (International Institute of Education of Brazil), located in Brasília-DF. The technical responsibility lies with the Research and Extension Group: Geographic Education, Dialogue of Knowledge and Cerrado, from the Federal University of Western Bahia (UFOB), and has a partnership with the Bahia Polytechnic School Foundation (FEP-BA), responsible for financial management.

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The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Riacho dos Machados Rural Workers Union launches reference term for contracting services in project supported by CEPF Cerrado

Photo: Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection

The project 1 Taking Care of the Cerrado and Promoting Life #8221;, which is performed by Riacho dos Machados Rural Workers Union and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), aims to qualify 70 families of farmers from the communities distributed in the territory of Riacho dos Machados (MG), which make up the area foreseen for the creation of the Tamanduá and Poções Development Reserve.

The project launches the call for hiring a consulting firm specializing in resource management, good production practices, productive innovation in family farming and water, soil and food production conservation processes to carry out project-related activities, according to reference term. Interested parties should submit their proposals by 11:59 pm on August 30, 2019. For more details on the selection process, see the reference term.


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Projects in focus: Agroforestry providing ecosystem services

Between December 1 and 2, 2018, the Rede Rio São Bartolomeu de Mutua Association Cooperation - Rede Bartô promoted a course of implantation of agroforestry systems in partnership with the expert Felipe Caltabiano, through the project Agroforestry providing ecosystem services, supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB). The course involved representatives of Rede Bartô and the direct beneficiaries of the project, who are the rural producers of the Oziel Alves Settlement, located in Planaltina (DF).

The project Agroforestry providing ecosystem services, which is performed by itself Bartô Network, aims to benefit family farming communities that are located in Cerrado, RIDE Brasília and are part of a key area for biodiversity. One of the main components of this project is to contribute to household food security and income improvement through organic food production in agroforestry, promoting sustainable productive landscapes that will serve as a model and example for all community members to replicate.

In the course of Agroforestry Systems Implementation Course an area of 500 m² was planted, focusing on the production of cycle vegetables, roots and fruits. In addition to the production species, tree species were also sown from seeds and native Cerrado species. In addition to these activities, participants had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in vegetable consortia, use of different types of organic material for mulching, application of agroforestry systems for different production systems, etc. According to the team at Rede Bartô, producers were able to share their experience with agroforestry systems and reported the great improvement in their properties since they began working within this production logic. The vast majority are already well-suited to the basic principles of SAF's and are enthusiastic about the prospects and potential of these production models & #8221;

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Vegetable planting within the agroforestry system.
Bartô Network team and farmers.


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Projects in focus: Sustainable Production Practices

© COPABASE
© COPABASE

 

The project & #8220; Sustainable Production Practices as Promoters of Biodiversity Conservation in the Urucuian Wilderness & #8221;  promotes and strengthens the productive chains associated with the sustainable use of natural resources and ecological restoration through the diversification of agro-extractive production with sustainable management through the collective structuring of families within the region. Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on Solidarity Economy - COPABASE, which is located in the Urucuia River basin region, one of the main tributaries of São Francisco.

In September, the COPABASE team began the construction of its nursery, where approximately 5,000,000 seedlings will be produced, among exotic species such as acerola, guava, tamarind, passion fruit, and the economically valuable native ones, such as baru, ipê, cagaita and jatoba. . The seedlings produced will be donated to the cooperative members to carry out the restoration of degraded areas and the implementation of family agro-extractive systems.


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

 

FENABARU 2018: Second National Baru Party | Full Schedule |

Here comes the Second National Party of Baru (FENABARU 2018) that will take place in the municipality of Arinos, Minas Gerais, August 16-19, 2018. Our partner, Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on Solidarity Economy - COPABASE, is one of the partners of this initiative, which has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB)through the project Sustainable Production Practices as Promoters of Conservation of Biodiversity in the Urucuiano Sertão, which aims to diversify sustainable agroextractive production in the municipalities of Arinos, Riachinho, Bonfinópolis de Minas, Urucuia, Chapada Gaucha, Uruana de Minas, Natalândia and Pintópolis.

 

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The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

FENABARU 2018: Second National Baru Party

 

Here comes the Second National Party of Baru (FENABARU 2018) that will take place in the municipality of Arinos, Minas Gerais, August 16-19, 2018. Our partner, Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on Solidarity Economy - COPABASE, is one of the partners of this initiative, which has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB)through the project Sustainable Production Practices as Promoters of Conservation of Biodiversity in the Urucuiano Sertão, which aims to diversify sustainable agroextractive production in the municipalities of Arinos, Riachinho, Bonfinópolis de Minas, Urucuia, Chapada Gaucha, Uruana de Minas, Natalândia and Pintópolis.

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The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.