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Inkanat associates itself with Amazonian communities by means of native plants Return

Aguaje is a native plant of the Peruvian Amazon. Actual scientific reports confirm the relationship between its traditional use and the beneficial effects on the body (see biodiversity). However this plant, despite being something new for those who live far away from the Amazon, is well known from long ago by the jungle natives.

The aguaje palm tree gives brown, orange-red to dark red oval fruits whose pulp is traditionally consumed by the local inhabitants. Aguaje pulp tends to be fleshy, orange or yellow and very oily. The rest of the palm tree is usually used to make roofs, partitions or house dividers and often larvae of the beetle Rhynchophorus palmarun (known as “suri” and very appreciated by the Amazonian people) grow in the trunk’s base.

There are many communities which cut down aguaje palm trees to harvest its fruit, but within the working model applied by INKANAT with the native suppliers, aguaje which comes from felling is not accepted because it goes directly against environmental sustainability. For this reason, INKANAT promotes the maintenance of environmental care within the communities in order to boost environmental sustainability policies which among other issues, promotes fruit harvesting using the palm tree escalation technique.

The communities that habitually fell the aguaje palm tree to harvest its fruit usually suffer, in a short period of time, a loss of proximity to their resource, thus the work of harvesting for its subsequent consumption and sale become more difficult and is hindered.

In cases where felling has already taken place and the communities cannot resort to the proximity of resources, environmental policies of reforestation are promoted to regenerate the aguajales naturally, through the seed.
With the sangre de grado plant, and other resins and fruits of the jungle, INKANAT encourages a sustainable work model with the communities, which follow the same principles applied to the aguaje chain.

Thanks to aguaje, sangre de grado and other plants, INKANAT is working on a community project where the productive process not only attends the development of the three axes of biotrade: environmental, economic and social of the community, but also the personal growth and maturation of the participating natives through the contribution of a new central axis: psychoanalytical, whose actions and approach commence and maintain the current three axes of biotrade.


INKANATURA, 2013 - 2014 Enlaces Externos: Inkanatural Inkanat