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This remarkable monograph tells the story of the boom in the açaí fruit economy—from a rural staple to a chic health food delicacy in national and international markets—and examines the development of the production systems and commodity chains required to supply the burgeoning demand for this fruit. It also carefully reconsiders the contested and stigmatized history of the social identity of caboclos.
Dr. Eduardo S. Brond¡zio is an Environmental Anthropologist dedicated to longitudinal, comparative, and interdisciplinary research on human-environment interactions. Brond¡zio's work has analyzed the social, demographic, and environmental transformations of rural areas and populations in the Amazon, particularly resulting from the influence of national and global markets, government programs and policies, development projects, and environmental change. This research links sociodemographic, land use, and institutional analysis at household and community levels to regional level analysis of landscape change, rural-urban networks and urbanization, and commodity chains of agricultural and forest products. This long-term research program has examined these changes through collaborative development of conceptual frameworks and methodologies integrating geospatial analysis, ethnography, survey, institutional analysis, ecological assessments, and historical investigation. Brond¡zio has published extensively on land- use and landscape change, agricultural and agroforestry intensification, small-farmers' identity and livelihood, household socio-demography and economy, commodity chains, and more broadly environmental anthropology, rural development and poverty, urbanization, ecosystem services, institutional analysis of resource systems, and integrative methodologies. On-going research projects include international collaborations on the vulnerabilities and sustainability of delta regions, institutions, property regimes, and land use change, comparative analysis of sustainable development indicators, and farmers' adaptation to climate change. Eduardo S. Brondizio's Author Page