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Kayapó Fund

Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio)

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Total project value
R$ 23,300,000.00
Total support amount
US$ 10,583,004.57



To provide support to Kayapó organizations aimed at sustainable production activities, strengthening institutions, preventing deforestation, conserving biodiversity and territorial protection by implementing a long-term financial and operational mechanism, known as the Kayapó Fund


Kayapó indigenous communities

Territorial scope

Indigenous land (TIs) Kayapó, Menkragnoti, Baú and Badjonkôre, in the southern region of the state of Pará; and TI Capoto-Jarina, in the northern region of the state of Mato Grosso



The Kayapó Fund Project focuses on preserving five pieces of Kayapó indigenous land (TIs), located in the southern region of the state of Pará and the northern region of the state of Mato Grosso, in the region situated in the deforestation belt. These include: the Kayapó TI, the Menkragnoti TI, the Baú TI, the Badjonkôre TI and the Capoto-Jarina TI.

These TIs are part of a neighboring bloc located in the Xingu Basin and total an area of 10.6 million hectares. With this, this territory is one of the largest stretches of protected tropical forest in the world. Furthermore, it represents an important section of the Biodiversity Corridor of South Amazonian Ecotones, considered a significant region due to its rich biodiversity and the presence of species that are under the threat of extinction throughout the world.

The five Kayapó TIs are inhabited by close to 8,000 indigenous people of Kayapó ethnicity, who are, through efforts made by their organizations and with the support of the National Indigenous Fund (Funai), responsible for preserving the borders of their territories, which are under the threat of extreme deforestation. The Kayapó people have had notable success in maintaining the forest coverage on their land.


The Kayapó Fund Project plans to construct a long-term financial and operational mechanism, known as the Kayapó Fund, to provide support in developing projects with Kayapó organizations that are aimed at sustainable production activities, strengthening institutions, preventing deforestation, conserving biodiversity and protecting Kayapó TIs.


The project is part of the "Sustainable Production" (1) and "Territorial Planning" components (3) component of the Amazon Fund’s Logical Framework. 

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Date of approval 06.21.2011
Date of the contract 11.21.2011
Disbursement period 96 months (from the date the contract was signed)


date amount
1º disbursements 04.26.2012 R$7,196,000.00
2º disbursements 05.02.2013 R$154,597.36
3º disbursements 10.23.2018 R$233,813.15
Total amount disbursed R$7,584,410.51

Total amount disbursed in relation to the Amazon Fund’s support



The Kayapó Fund launched four call notices that resulted in the selection of eleven projects by its technical committee. The projects of the first public notice, which totaled R$ 433,947.30, aimed at institutional strengthening and increasing productive activities, including purchase of equipment and payment of human resources. These projects were completed in early 2015.

The projects of the second public notice, totaling R$ 1,765,655.66, were completed in early 2017, and added territorial monitoring actions to the key focuses of the previous notice.

The projects of the third public notice, totaling R$ 2,999,317.58, were completed in April 2020 and added environmental management actions and participation of Kayapó representatives in forums and instances aimed at defining or implementing actions related to indigenous peoples and lands.

The Kayapó Fund disbursed R$ 5,198,920.54 for the projects supported in the first three cycles.

The fourth public notice, with the same focus as the previous one, was launched in January 2020, with three projects approved in July 2020.

It should be noted that the associations supported developed strategies to face the fluctuations in the harvests and in the market value of their most representative products in terms of income generation. Coumaru was the product responsible for the largest volume of income for the communities. Other important chains were Brazil nut, pequi and copaiba, in addition to handicrafts that, in addition to providing income generation, have immeasurable cultural importance for the Kayapó.

As for the territorial and environmental management activities carried out, gains were obtained in terms of monitoring the territories, strengthening the social organization within the benefited communities and training local representatives, which was reflected in the increase in the number of monitoring actions, monitored area and individuals trained to carry out these activities, including through the use of GPS and other tools.

Institutional strengthening activities have allowed supported associations to leverage other resources and establish partnerships that reinforce the results provided by the Kayapó Fund in terms of preserving the territory and its inhabitants. 



Supported Organizations



Support Amount 


Associação Floresta Protegida

Strengthen the economic and political autonomy of the Kayapo communities

Tucumã (PA)


Increase the the Kayapó's capacity to protect their territories and to define new strategies of territorial protection and to strengthen the productive chains of agro-extractivism and Kayapó handicrafts

Tucumã (PA)


Contribute to the protection and sustainable management of the territories covered by the project and their natural resources and to promote the economic and political autonomy of the Kayapó communities represented by AFP

Tucumã (PA)



Instituto Raoni



Institutional strengthening, development of productive activities and raising awareness for proper disposal of solid waste

Colíder (MT)


Strengthen the food and nutritional autonomy of the Kayapó people, to structure the productive chains aimed at the self-sustainability of the Kayapó communities and to support joint and integrated initiatives that promote and improve territorial protection strategies and actions

Colíder (MT)


Strengthen socioeconomic, cultural and representative autonomy of the Kayapó and their territorial protection

Colíder (MT)



 Instituto Kabu

Structure the "Nuts House", warehouse to receive the Brazil nut production, cumaru seed, cassava flour and other products collected and /or manufactured by the indigenous communities

Novo Progresso (PA)


Strengthen productive chains, including their economic and transport logistics, and the administration and representativeness of the Kabu Institute

Novo Progresso (PA)







Final Evaluation


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