Local and Indigenous Knowledge for an Amazonian Grounded (Bio) Economy

New Dutch- and Brazil-funded research project
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A consortium of Dutch and Brazilian universities has provided funding for this new research project addressing how value chains of sociobiodiversity products can support local economies and regional transformation in the Brazilian Amazon.

LINKAGES - Local and Indigenous Knowledge for an Amazonian Grounded (Bio) Economy will receive 5 years funding via the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and the Sao Paolo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

The project addresses how value-chains of sociobiodiversity products, grounded in local knowledge and produced in forest, agroforestry and floodplain-lakes, can support local economies and regional transformation towards sustainable, inclusive bioeconomies for the Brazilian Amazon.

Built upon long-term commitment to the region, a transdisciplinary consortium including researchers, farmers and practitioners will analyse the organization and functioning of place-based value-chains (açaí, cacao, tropical fruits, timber/non-timber products and the arapaima fish) and their economic and environmental impacts at local and municipal levels.

The project will co-produce knowledge to advance economic, environmental, and administrative and technical performance improving value aggregation, benefit sharing and landscape outcomes.

Funding includes  four PhD researches, two postdoc researchers and 6 Master students from both the Netherlands and Brazil. Associate Professor at the International Institute of Social Studies, Dr Lee Pegler is senior researcher from the Brazilian side.

Assistant professor

Dr Lee Pegler

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