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Strengthening the Brazil nut value chain: an approach focused on the Vale do Amanhecer Farmers Cooperative (Juruena/MT)

Abstract

The Vale do Amanhecer Farmers Cooperative (Juruena/MT) (COOPAVAM, Juruena/MT) was created in 2008 for development of one of the main value chains in the northwest region of MT (belonging to the Legal Amazon): Brazil nut. Similar to several other processing cooperatives in the Amazon region, it faces technological challenges: (i) non-standardized protocols for the production of "in natura" Brazil nuts and their main processed product, the Brazil nut oil; (ii) utilization and valorization of the large volume of by-products generated from the processing of Brazil nuts, increasing the cooperative's food products portfolio; (iii) agro-industrial processing integrated with the sustainable management of the raw materials, and insertion of the cooperative in national food production chain. Considering these challenges, this project's main objective is strengthening the Brazil nut value chain in the region where COOPAVAM operates. To face this challenge, 4 subprojects were organized focusing on: i) production of Brazil nut oil with nutritional and sensorial quality; ii) extraction of residual oil and other biocompounds from Brazil nut processing residues, with economic and environmental feasibility; iii) development of technologies and applications for utilization of products and by-products resulting from the new processes; iv) evaluation and improvement of sustainable management practices for Brazil nut trees, with a focus on agroforestry systems. Results will be targeted on increasing the Brazil nut processing chain in the region, the quality of its products and credibility of the cooperative, by using the by-products and expanding its portfolio of processed products. The actions will be allied to the preservation and maintenance of the forest with the sustainable extraction of biodiversity resources, as well as the socioeconomic development of the local population assisted by the cooperative. (AU)

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BIASI, LILIAN CAROLINE KRAMER; RODRIGUES, CHRISTIANNE ELISABETE DA COSTA; PESSOA FILHO, PEDRO DE ALCANTARA. Molecular dynamics of vegetable oil extraction and degumming: Analysis of micelles and phospholipid bilayers in different solvents. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN OIL CHEMISTS SOCIETY, v. N/A, p. 19-pg., . (22/10368-4, 14/21252-0, 21/09028-1)

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