Açai Berry: Brazil’s Super Fruit
At the mouth of the Amazon River is the Bailique archipelago, consisting of eight islands, seven of which are inhabited by approximately 51 communities, whose population rely on the activities of fishing and extraction of forest products for their livelihoods. Historically, the açai berry has been the main trade of the Bailique communities. Through the creation of the AmazonBai Cooperative and a Community Protocol, the Bailique açai berry pickers were able to fetch better prices and sustainably manage the natural resources including the berries. They were able to fund a family school which shares indigenous knowledge of the area with the new generation.