On September 5, Brazil celebrates Amazon Day to pay tribute to the largest rainforest on the planet. The date was established by Law 11.621, 2007, to remember the importance of the protection and preservation of this forest.
Because of its richness in biodiversity, the Amazon region also offers a lot of non-timber forest products (NTFPs). Besides Brazilian nuts, almonds, native rubber and fibers, the fruit of the açaí palm is among the most important products with economic relevance in the region. Açaí is growingly used in the manufacture of food and beverages. As a result, the production of açaí berry increased by over 90 % in the Brazilian Amazon in the last decade. Also, the revenue has risen significantly, reaching R$ 588 million (see PEVS/IBGE numbers on the Amazon Fund Activity Report 2020). Meanwhile in the state of Pará, 5th of September has also been defined “Açaí day”, a special venue to value the fruit´s economic relevance and its importance in the Brazilian cuisine across the country and around the world.
Among its portfolio of more than 100 projects, the Amazon Fund supports several initiatives focusing on the production as well as the commercialization of açaí. For detailed information have a closer look on the following projects:
Pact for the forest
Banco do Brasil Foundation (Phase 2)
Amazon Bioactive Compounds, Sustainable Bem Viver
Forest Assistance Program +.