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Baru grows in the wilderness of one of the most important, yet sadly, threatened ecosystems on our planet – the Brazilian Cerrado (Brazilian Savannah).

 With a passion to introduce Baru to Australia and benefit the Cerrado, its people, flora and fauna, we founded The Baru Project in Australia and our co-op in Brazil.

 The Baru Project Co-op is a collaboration between us and a local agricultural worker and his family who are leading our cooperative in the immense Brazilian Cerrado.

 

Our Co-op

Baru grows in the wilderness of one of the most important, yet sadly, threatened ecosystems on our planet – the Brazilian Cerrado (Brazilian Savannah).

 With a passion to introduce Baru to Australia and benefit the Cerrado, its people, flora and fauna, we founded The Baru Project in Australia and our co-op in Brazil.

 The Baru Project Co-op is a collaboration between us and a local agricultural worker and his family who are leading our cooperative in the immense Brazilian Cerrado.

 

How does Baru can benefit the Cerrado and its people?

Baru grows in the wilderness of one of the most important, yet sadly, threatened ecosystems on our planet – the Brazilian Cerrado (Brazilian Savannah).

 With a passion to introduce Baru to Australia and benefit the Cerrado, its people, flora and fauna, we founded The Baru Project in Australia and our co-op in Brazil.

 The Baru Project Co-op is a collaboration between us and a local agricultural worker and his family who are leading our cooperative in the immense Brazilian Cerrado.

 

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Flora

The Cerrado has been identified as a biodiversity hotspot because of its irreplaceable biodiversity that is at risk of being destroyed, including the Baru tree that is classified as a threatened species on the IUCN Red List.

The Cerrado covers a quarter of Brazil and is suffering from rapid clearance. Its biggest threats are the large-scale logging, agriculture, charcoal and mining industries.

The market for baru nuts is creating an economic incentive to keep vulnerable Baru trees standing and plant more Baru trees.

 

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Fauna

Animals depend on the conservation of their habitat and their habitat’s conservation depends on the animals that live there. Everything is interconnected.

Over 2,500 species of wildlife live in the Cerrado – the toucan is one of them. Sadly, 130 of these species are extinct or on their way to extinction. As Baru becomes a more popular food, wild Baru trees are better protected and the Cerrado’s entire ecosystem benefits.

 

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People

The Cerrado's local people are also suffering the consequences of big business in the region. Many people are out of work, have moved to the city in search of work, or have found themselves in positions with very low salaries. There is also evidence of forms of modern-slavery in the region.

Our co-op is working hard to build fair and attractive employment opportunities as well as help preserve the Cerrado – the locals' land and home.