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leverage the macaúba production chain as a source of sustainable vegetable oils and restore degraded landscapes

Generate an alternative to soy and palm oil, leveraging the macaúba production chain as a source of sustainable vegetable oils. This is the objective of INOCAS, which does this through the use of pastures by Brazilian ranchers and which aims to plant 30,000 hectares of macaúba intercropped in a silvopastoral system, in partnership with small producers by 2030.

After harvesting, macaúba fruits are used 100% and deliver five products: pulp oil, comparable to palm oil; almond oil, comparable to palm kernel oil; pulp pie, which can be used for animal feed; endocarp granulate, raw material for high value granulate or activated carbon; and almond pie, which can be used for animal feed. In addition to the carbon credits generated with the planting of palm trees.

"The project aims to leverage the macaúba chain as a source of vegetable oils and animal and human nutrients, sustainable, without deforestation and without changing the use of the soil. .75 tons of carbon per hectare/year, thus, a productive unit that is harmful to the environment is transformed into a productive area that contributes to the mitigation of climate change.”Johannes Zimpel, CEO of INOCAS


City State

Patos de Minas, MG



nature of business

corporation sa




Johannes Zimpel, Katharina Spethmann, Thilo Zelt, Malte Höpfner and Jakob Zunk

Team Size:

26 employees



business phase


Year of entry into the program:


Total amount raised

R$ 200 thousand

what solves

Palm oil represents the largest global vegetable oil market, providing inputs for food production, chemicals, cosmetics, lubricants, fuels and many others. Due to the high demand for water, palm plantations are concentrated in tropical forest regions, causing deforestation, emission of greenhouse gases and reduction of global biodiversity. Agrosilvopastoral systems with macaúba in degraded pastures can reforest large deforested areas in Brazil.


Hectares of pasture areas recovered, family farmers and extractivists benefited, sequestration of greenhouse gases from productive arrangements, formation of biological corridors and improvement of water flow from springs in the area of influence of macaúba plantations.


Companies looking to replace palm oil with a more sustainable option. Companies seeking input for coal production.

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