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Wild Palm Fruits Featured on Netflix Show

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Our work was featured in the popular series, Down to Earth, now showing on Netflix. The show, hosted by superfoods hunter Darin Olien, featured actor Zac Efron touring projects that improve energy use and food diversity and sustainability in about a dozen locations around the world. In Iquitos, Peru, part of the show covered Oenocarpus bataua (ungurahui, seje, patauá) and Mauritia flexuosa (aguaje, morete, canagucho), fruit harvests using the Maquisapa. ...more

New "Maquisapa" Climbing Gear Promo Video

Monday, July 16, 2018

Check out our short promotional video featuring one of our long-time partners, Italo Mesones, co-founder of Recursos Amazónicos Frutales. This is part of our ramp up to large scale distribution in the Peruvian Amazon where we have been testing the gear for the past several years to great effect. Enough with the case studies, we are intent on ending the massive cutting of wild palm trees that still occurs to feed fruit to cities such as Iquitos. ...more

Palm Climbing Project Expands to Peru

Sunday, April 21, 2013

In mid-April, we took Caura Futures' palm climbing gear to the Nanay River watershed in the Department of Loreto, Peru. Members of eight communities participated, and we were very impressed with their enthusiasm. The workshops gave us an opportunity to talk with fruit harvesters about their own experiences climbing palms for fruit. One man had taken a 30-foot fall when the worn webbing he was using for stirrups broke. He'd had a two-month stay in the hospital and was a bit tentative at first using our gear, but soon climbed several trunks. ...more