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From coca farmer to chocolate maker

It all started in the 1980s, when he was 18. A classmate proposed that he travel from Lima, Peru, to Tocache, a province in the Peruvian Amazon known for its fruits. He intended to find work and save enough money to finish his studies at the university.

Seeds that strengthen

July 2014—Forests hold a wealth of biodiversity. Peru’s Amazon rainforest ranks third in the world for biodiversity, and is the basis for the survival of hundreds of native communities. In these communities, women are the gatekeepers of ancestral knowledge for the use of non-timber forest resources such as seeds and medicinal plants.

Native communities protect the forest

July 2014—Two-thirds of Peru’s territory is covered by forest with potential for permanent forest production. This production, however, is threatened by illegal logging, one of the country’s most significant environmental, economic and social challenges.

Quality practices lead to successful growth

June 2014—In Peru, the forestry sector has the potential to become one of the most dynamic sectors within the domestic economy. With more than 70 million hectares of Amazonian forest, sustainable timber harvesting can benefit both the region’s workers and its companies.

Poster informing patients of their right to quality care at the entrance of the Lluyllucucha health center.

Many rural health facilities in Peru face the challenge of providing quality maternal-child health services. However, the Lluyllucucha health micro-network in San Martin, Peru, has reason to be proud. Since January 2010, the maternal mortality rate has been zero.


Last updated: October 27, 2016

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