Activities to understand community needs Amburana stock monitoring
The visit to the Capim Branco Nucleus began with a trip through the state of Goiás, 8 (eight) hours away from Goiânia (GO), with access made both by asphalt and dirt roads that cut the region. The Capim Branco nucleus is formed by sites that house, in all, 7 (seven) families.
The work consisted in accompanying one of our clients in the quest to understand community needs and the processes of Amburana collecting. Amburana, Leguminosae papilionoidea, is a native Brazilian tree with aromatic bark, reaching up to fifteen (15) meters in height. The team made up of Marcus Pereira, collaborators of Beraca and a representative of client company were accommodated in a house in the community, putting into practice a local community tourism model already existing, with immense potential for ecotourism, with waterfalls and natural caves.
Thanks to this model, most of the expenses related to the visit were converted into resources directly injected into the community. Beraca Institute team was very well received and shared region's typical meals: rice, beans, hen and community vegetable gardens.
Beraca Institute team also participated in cultural nights sprinkled by traditional accordion music. The visit provided researchers with information about Cerrado biome and its riches. Furthermore, in addition to the Amburana and Buriti, there are medicinal roots, seeds and oleaginous fruits that may be of interest to the cosmetics industry shortly.
All the guests and the staff of Beraca Institute participated in the Amburana harvest together with the local extractivist families, aiming to construct a preliminary diagnosis of the region's productive capacity. Again, it was a fruitful learning activity.