Book on Amazon plants puts science in the hands of people
FAO news release, 20 December 2011

ROME, ITALY: Co-produced by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and People and Plants International, the book Fruit Trees and Useful Plants in Amazonian Life was unveiled during a ceremony at FAO marking the close of the International Year of Forests. The aim of this book is to integrate scientific and traditional knowledge in a form that is accessible and appealing to the people who need it most – rural villagers. Because products from the forest, such as wood, food and medicines, and ecosystem services sustain not only rural but also urban people, the book has also an audience in cities, as urban consumer habits and demands for forest goods have enormous consequences for the forests.

The book synthesizes ecological, market, management and cultural information of key Amazonian species in an effort to help expand the knowledge base of traditional forest communities about the value of forest resources. Each chapter of the trees and palm sections represents one species and is divided into six topics: ecology, economic value, uses, nutrition, wildlife and management. The voices of local people are found throughout the book: over 100 farmers, community members and rural women collaborated by helping to generate or share information. Read the news release … Download the book [pdf] …