Keeping it sustainable
Rice has a double benefit – it can be sold at the market as well as providing food for the community.
Gentle slopes and fertile soil make the Awajún partnership an ideal location for rice cultivation. It takes just four months to grow the rice before it can be harvested and three harvest seasons a year mean families have a regular food supply and source of income from traders at Urakuza’s markets.
After processing, there is around 20kg of waste chaff. Chaff can be applied to cacao gardens, where it helps to stop weeds from growing, allowing cacao plants to access more nutrients. Although indigestible to humans, chaff is also used to feed the fish and poultry and to mix into adobe brick for houses.