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Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières

Fruit production in Brazil

New commercial opportunities for the fruit production of farming families in Brazil

The Air Liquide Foundation is once again supporting the association AVSF. The aim of the project is to help farming families sell their fruit by finding new commercial opportunities.

Not enough added value for the fruit production

Fruit trees are an important resource for farming families from the Nordeste region,one of the driest regions of the world, but they are currently under-exploited. Nevertheless, a large proportion of the fruit harvest is lost due to the lack of an organized industry and processing infrastructure.

Yet there are real commercial opportunities for fruit-based processed products like jam, jelly, and preserves.

Promoting local fruit processing and farming families training

AVSF's project aims at adding value to fruit processing activities and strengthening commercialization channels. They therefore support:

  • Access to water for the families to irrigate their cultures.
  • Development of fruit processing to non-perishable products to be sold on local markets.
  • Families training to processing techniques and health standards.

Thus, this program will contribute to improve the living conditions of a hundred farming families.

The Air Liquide Foundation’s involvment

The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting the purchase of four mobile motor pumps to gather the collected water in the small ponds of the families’ cultivations, and then store it in about fifty tanks of 60 m³. In 2014, around 3 000 m³ of water have been stored.

Equipments for two processing units of fruit pulp and cashew nuts were purchased too.

Awarded at the Air Liquide Foundation Awards 2016

The association Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières received in 2016 the Air Liquide Foundation Award for Social Innovation, rewarding this project as well as an access to biogas project in Senegal. Discover the interview of Frédéric Apollin, Executive Director of AVSF.

The 2016 Air Liquide Foundation Awards: interview of Frederic Apollin, from Agronomes et Veterinaires sans Frontières


  • Project initiator: Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (AVSF)
  • Location: Brazil, Nordeste region, State of Paraïba
  • Year of support: 2014
  • Sponsor: Felipe Jordache Pereira, VitalAire Brazil

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