MAICURU DO BRASIL’S baru nuts are produced by a Cooperative of Sustainable Family Agriculture based on the Solidarity Economy. The cooperative was founded in 2008 in the Northwestern part of the state of Minas Gerais and promotes the sustainable regional development of the region, the organization and autonomy of family and extractive farmers, and the conservation of the Brazilian Cerrado through the management, processing and marketing of baru nuts.
Baru nuts are processed in community agro-industries, guided by qualified professional technicians who follow good manufacturing practices manuals which, together with an adequate production structure, guarantee the sanitary quality of the product.
The production process of MAICURU DO BRASIL baru nuts begins with the collection and sustainable management of the fruits from native trees in the territory of the Rio Urucuia Valley by agro-extractivist family farmers. Our baru nuts are produced following a production protocol that defines the set of good environmental, sanitary, hygiene, safety, social organization and traceability practices that must be followed at all stages of the production chain including collection, transport, storage, processing and distribution of the product.
The cooperative is recognized by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation as the guardian of baru nuts through the Urucuia Grande Sertão Baru Presidium, which attests to the good, clean and fair origin of the production processes, helping maintain traditional livelihoods, the identity of the territory, the conservation of native landscapes and ecosystems and biodiversity while generating food security and income for the local communities.