FrutaSã Indústria, Comércio e Exportação Ltda (FrutaSã Industry, Trade and Export Ltd.)

FrutaSã has its roots in a scoping study of the Brazilian Cerrado eco-region conducted in the 1990s to determine socioeconomic challenges facing smallholder farmers and indigenous communities. Alongside mounting environmental threats to the region, exacerbated by the economic marginalization of the rural communities and subsequent over-exploitation of local resources, these findings inspired the 'Fruits of the Cerrado' project, which eventually became FrutaSã Indústria, Comércio e Exportação Ltda (FrutaSã Industry, Trade and Export Ltd.).
This eco-enterprise creates income for small-holder farmers through the sustainable extraction, marketing and sale of non-timber forest products, particularly native fruit pulp. The organization is half owned by a private partner, and half by the Centre for Indigenous Work, on behalf of indigenous communities. The initiative has succesSustainable Forestryully combined locally-abundant fruit varieties, traditional knowledge of their cultivation, and modern processing and storage techniques.


Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2006

Founded: 1994

Location: Tocantins and Maranhão states, Brazil

Beneficiaries: 300 FAMILIES

Biodiversity: Chapada das Mesas National Park


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Contact Information

Jose Ayers
Frutasã, Indústria e Comércio LTDA
Tel: + 99 3531 2576
Fax: + 99 3531 2576


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