Loaves and Fishes

Deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest – reached by a flight into the jungle, a two-hour boat trip, a pickup truck transporting 31 people in the bed despite a downpour, and a half-hour walk – five Notre Dame MBA students and two faculty advisers are learning how to turn mandioca root into a local starch product called farinha.

Last year, another group of Viva Bartkus’ Business on the Frontlines students recommended changes in the supply chain for even more remote fishing communities that depend on the massive pirarucu lurking in the Amazon basin’s rivers and lakes. This air-breathing dinosaur of a fish can grow to nine feet long and weigh 400 pounds.

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April 22, 2019

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