Supported Projects

supported projects

The JBS Fund for the Amazon introduces its first approved projects. With the assistance of science and specialists in making the selection, the Fund was searching for nature-based initiatives in the Amazon to provide support and visibility. The emphasis on economic development, forest conservation and community inclusion will be the drivers of the actions. Find out more about the projects:

14,000

families
benefited
30

bioeconomy startups
20

community
enterprises leveraged

RestaurAmazônia

Incentives for 1,500 smallholders, combining: a 30% increase in income, restoration of the forest and reduction in carbon emissions.

How it will be implemented:

Implementation of good farming practices via Technical Assistance, with direct intervention on 3,000 hectares, restoration of 1,500 hectares of degraded pastures with cocoa smallholdings (SAF), increase in livestock farming productivity and the promotion of four technical assistance businesses in local associations and cooperatives, providing training in good low-carbon farming practices.

Location:

Pará - Novo Repartimento, Pacajá, Anapu and Altamira

Scenario and Impacts:

The Transamazônica highway is the hub of 55% of the deforestation in Pará and 27% of the pastures have been degraded. Once the project is up and running, the expected results are:

  • 53% reduction in GHG emissions on the properties engaged;
  • 30% increase in the average gross income of the 1,500 beneficiary smallholders;
  • Increase in the production and commercialization of cocoa, from 2 to 60 tons;
  • Higher livestock farming productivity.

Institutions responsible:

Solidaridad (an organization with over 50 years in the development of sustainable farming chains) and the Environmental Research Institute of the Amazon (IPAM).

Inclusive Community Economies Program

Strengthening of the açai bioeconomy, forest conservation, promotion of health and education within the communities and an increase in local family incomes.

How it will be implemented:

Construction of a dedicated factory for producing açaí pulp, acquiring and maintaining socioenvironmental certifications to enable the expansion of the high value-added product portfolio. Completion of the construction of the Bailique family school and conclusion of the transition of management to those in charge of the Amazonbai.

Location:

Amapá – Macapá, the Bailique and Beira Amazonas districts

Scenario and Impacts:

With little knowledge on how to work with açaí, as well as on administrative management, local producers depend on intermediaries to access the market. Once the project is up and running, the expected results are:

  • Conservation of 3,000 certified hectares of native açaí areas;
  • 83% increase in the number of cooperative members and 30% in the participation of women;
  • Financial and management autonomy for the Amazonbai and the 2 schools, using a ground-breaking finance model;

Institutions responsible:

Joint action involving Instituto InterElos, the Amazonbai, the State University of Amapá, the Luthier School Workshop of the Amazon, the International Institute of Education of Brazil e Instituto Terroá.

Fair and Sustainable Fishing

Biodiversity conservation, strengthening of the pirarucu chain and other species, increase in production and income for 450 families and improvements in family well-being.

How it will be implemented:

Acquisition of a certified vessel to strengthen the extractivist chain of pirarucu and other species, in addition to preparing a feasibility study for the pirarucu processing industry, benefiting 450 families through higher income and production.

Location:

Conservation Units (the Middle and Lower River Juruá Extractivist Reserves and the Uacari SDR), Indigenous Lands (Deni indigenous lands on the Xeruã River) and a Fishing Agreement area

Scenario and Impacts:

The region is deficient in terms of outflow structures in the pre-processing phase of fish production, and needs to obtain MAPA (Ministry of Agriculture) certifications in order to provide processed raw materials. Once the project is up and running, the expected results are:

  • Biodiversity conservation on 3,000 hectares of protected areas;
  • Increase in income of 450 families in the 55 communities involved;
  • Increase in the volume of production;
  • An increase in the annual sales by the Carauari Rural Producers’ Association (ASPROC).

Institutions responsible:

Carauari Rural Producers’ Association (ASPROC)

Release Credit for Forest Bioeconomy

Financing and management platform that facilitates access to credit for the forest bioeconomy chains, reducing deforestation in the region.

How it will be implemented:

Hiring and training of local activators and support for unlocking at least 2,500 credit agreements under the National Program for Strengthening Smallholdings (PRONAF), in addition to providing consultancy to 15 cooperatives seeking financing and periodic advisory in management.

Location:

Acre, the Amazon, Pará and Rondônia

Scenario and Impacts:

Given the lack of a connection between financial agents and the community, PRONAF credit is underutilized, with a mere 1.1% used for promoting the forest bioeconomy chains. Once the project is up and running, the expected results are:

  • Reduction in deforestation by encouraging forest bioeconomy chains (nuts, açaí, fishing, woods, oils and resins);
  • Bankarization of 2,500 producers to leverage production;
  • Higher incomes and productivity through technical assistance;
  • Expansion of access to PRONAF credit

Institutions responsible:

Conexsus – The Sustainable Connections Institute

AMAZ – Accelerator and Impact Investments

Innovation born in the Amazon to accelerate 30 startups with solutions for the biodiversity chains.

How it will be implemented:

Setting up a blended finance investment fund to accelerate 30 startups in order to leverage forest business, by encouraging an entrepreneurial environment and support from investors.

Location:

The entire Amazon biome.

Scenario and Impacts:

Shortage of businesses involved in the forest bioeconomy and the need to foster an economy to replace deforestation. Once the project is up and running, the expected results are:

  • Launching of forest-based entrepreneurship;
  • 30 startups accelerated;
  • Generation of income benefitting 10,000 families.

Institutions responsible:

Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Amazon (Idesam)

Technical Partnership with Embrapa

Scientific and technological development to encourage crop, livestock farming and forest integration, adding value through the species of the bioeconomy and reducing carbon emissions.

How it will be implemented:

Development of new raw materials, ingredients, products and technologies to add value to the forest production chains. Also, the expansion of new zero or low-carbon technologies within the agroforestry systems.

Location:

Legal Amazon area

Scenario and Impacts:

Shortage of technologies available for adding value to forest produce, absence of methodologies for Brazilian systems in the Amazon to measure carbon emissions. Once the project is up and running, the expected results are:

  • Adding value to forest produce;
  • Development of low/zero-carbon technologies;
  • Renewable technologies for integrating business, companies and startups.

Institutions responsible:

Embrapa.

RestaurAmazônia

Incentives for 1,500 smallholders, combining: a 30% increase in income, restoration of the forest and reduction in carbon emissions.

How it will be implemented:

Implementation of good farming practices via Technical Assistance, with direct intervention on 3,000 hectares, restoration of 1,500 hectares of degraded pastures with cocoa smallholdings (SAF), increase in livestock farming productivity and the promotion of four technical assistance businesses in local associations and cooperatives, providing training in good low-carbon farming practices.

Location:

Pará - Novo Repartimento, Pacajá, Anapu and Altamira

Scenario and Impacts:

The Transamazônica highway is the hub of 55% of the deforestation in Pará and 27% of the pastures have been degraded. Once the project is up and running, the expected results are:

  • 53% reduction in GHG emissions on the properties engaged;
  • 30% increase in the average gross income of the 1,500 beneficiary smallholders;
  • Increase in the production and commercialization of cocoa, from 2 to 60 tons;
  • Higher livestock farming productivity.

Institutions responsible:

Solidaridad (an organization with over 50 years in the development of sustainable farming chains) and the Environmental Research Institute of the Amazon (IPAM).

Inclusive Community Economies Program

Strengthening of the açai bioeconomy, forest conservation, promotion of health and education within the communities and an increase in local family incomes.

How it will be implemented:

Construction of a dedicated factory for producing açaí pulp, acquiring and maintaining socioenvironmental certifications to enable the expansion of the high value-added product portfolio. Completion of the construction of the Bailique family school and conclusion of the transition of management to those in charge of the Amazonbai.

Location:

Amapá – Macapá, the Bailique and Beira Amazonas districts

Scenario and Impacts:

With little knowledge on how to work with açaí, as well as on administrative management, local producers depend on intermediaries to access the market. Once the project is up and running, the expected results are:

  • Conservation of 3,000 certified hectares of native açaí areas;
  • 83% increase in the number of cooperative members and 30% in the participation of women;
  • Financial and management autonomy for the Amazonbai and the 2 schools, using a ground-breaking finance model;

Institutions responsible:

Joint action involving Instituto InterElos, the Amazonbai, the State University of Amapá, the Luthier School Workshop of the Amazon, the International Institute of Education of Brazil e Instituto Terroá.

Fair and Sustainable Fishing

Biodiversity conservation, strengthening of the pirarucu chain and other species, increase in production and income for 450 families and improvements in family well-being.

How it will be implemented:

Acquisition of a certified vessel to strengthen the extractivist chain of pirarucu and other species, in addition to preparing a feasibility study for the pirarucu processing industry, benefiting 450 families through higher income and production.

Location:

Conservation Units (the Middle and Lower River Juruá Extractivist Reserves and the Uacari SDR), Indigenous Lands (Deni indigenous lands on the Xeruã River) and a Fishing Agreement area

Scenario and Impacts:

The region is deficient in terms of outflow structures in the pre-processing phase of fish production, and needs to obtain MAPA (Ministry of Agriculture) certifications in order to provide processed raw materials. Once the project is up and running, the expected results are:

  • Biodiversity conservation on 3,000 hectares of protected areas;
  • Increase in income of 450 families in the 55 communities involved;
  • Increase in the volume of production;
  • An increase in the annual sales by the Carauari Rural Producers’ Association (ASPROC).

Institutions responsible:

Carauari Rural Producers’ Association (ASPROC)

Release Credit for Forest Bioeconomy

Financing and management platform that facilitates access to credit for the forest bioeconomy chains, reducing deforestation in the region.

How it will be implemented:

Hiring and training of local activators and support for unlocking at least 2,500 credit agreements under the National Program for Strengthening Smallholdings (PRONAF), in addition to providing consultancy to 15 cooperatives seeking financing and periodic advisory in management.

Location:

Acre, the Amazon, Pará and Rondônia

Scenario and Impacts:

Given the lack of a connection between financial agents and the community, PRONAF credit is underutilized, with a mere 1.1% used for promoting the forest bioeconomy chains. Once the project is up and running, the expected results are:

  • Reduction in deforestation by encouraging forest bioeconomy chains (nuts, açaí, fishing, woods, oils and resins);
  • Bankarization of 2,500 producers to leverage production;
  • Higher incomes and productivity through technical assistance;
  • Expansion of access to PRONAF credit.

Institutions responsible:

Conexsus – The Sustainable Connections Institute

AMAZ – Accelerator and Impact Investments

Innovation born in the Amazon to accelerate 30 startups with solutions for the biodiversity chains.

How it will be implemented:

Setting up a blended finance investment fund to accelerate 30 startups in order to leverage forest business, by encouraging an entrepreneurial environment and support from investors.

Location:

The entire Amazon biome.

Scenario and Impacts:

Shortage of businesses involved in the forest bioeconomy and the need to foster an economy to replace deforestation. Once the project is up and running, the expected results are:

  • Launching of forest-based entrepreneurship;
  • 30 startups accelerated;
  • Generation of income benefitting 10,000 families.

Institutions responsible:

Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Amazon (Idesam)

Technical Partnership with Embrapa

Scientific and technological development to encourage crop, livestock farming and forest integration, adding value through the species of the bioeconomy and reducing carbon emissions.

How it will be implemented:

Development of new raw materials, ingredients, products and technologies to add value to the forest production chains. Also, the expansion of new zero or low-carbon technologies within the agroforestry systems.

Location:

Legal Amazon area

Scenario and Impacts:

Shortage of technologies available for adding value to forest produce, absence of methodologies for Brazilian systems in the Amazon to measure carbon emissions. Once the project is up and running, the expected results are:

  • Agregação de valor aos produtos da floresta;
  • Development of low/zero-carbon technologies;
  • Renewable technologies for integrating business, companies and startups.

Institutions responsible:

Embrapa.