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Value chains of sociobiodiversity products from the Brazilian Amazon: social and institutional analysis of multiple stakeholders, social technologies and participatory approaches

Grant number: 23/04705-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2023
Effective date (End): April 30, 2025
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Other specific Sociologies
Acordo de Cooperação: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
Principal Investigator:Celia Regina Tomiko Futemma
Grantee:Alice Ramos de Moraes
Host Institution: Núcleo de Estudos e Pesquisas Ambientais (NEPAM). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:21/10805-2 - LINKAGES: local and Indigenous knowledge for Amazonian grounded (bio)economy, AP.TEM

Abstract

LINKAGES addresses how value-chains of sociobiodiversity products, grounded in localknowledge and produced in forest, agroforestry, and floodplain-lakes, can support localeconomies and regional transformation towards inclusive and sustainable bioeconomies for theBrazilian Amazon. From local to international markets, sociobiodiversity products represent thelargest and most inclusive bioeconomies of the region, providing income and employment for avast population in rural and urban areas. Yet, these value-chains tend to promote value-aggregation proportionally to the distance these products travel from their place of origin andproducers; hands. The project focuses on two regions - the Estuary/Acará Valley and the LowerAmazon/Santarém - characterized by mosaic and fast-changing landscapes. We will co-produce applied knowledge on three major groups of sociobiodiversity products in forest(timber, non-timber forest products), agroforestry (açaí, cacao, tropical fruits), and floodplain-lakes (pirarucu/arapaima) systems. The concept of Place-based Sustainable Supply Chainsguides the selection of cases in which producers co-design, but often not benefiting from thevalue-aggregation of their products. Through inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge co-production, involving small-scale producers, socioenvironmental NGOs, and sustainability-oriented businesses, the project is structured in three Working Packages. WP1 addresses theeconomic and social contributions of sociobiodiverse products value-chains, how benefits are distributed across actors, and how to improve local-level value-aggregation. WP2 addresses, through geospatial analysis and participatory mapping, the impacts of value-chains on the landscape, and identifies opportunities for promoting sustainable multifunctional landscapes.WP3 engages stakeholders in knowledge co-production and exchange for strengthening place-based value-chains. The project advances a critical perspective to the bioeconomy agenda andpractices in the region while co-produced applied knowledge to strengthen the economic,environmental, administrative and technical performances of existing bioeconomies. We aim atcontributing to improving value-aggregation, benefit sharing, and multifunctional landscapeoutcomes for families, communities, and municipalities at the basis of these value-chains as a pathway to regional transformation.

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