Uniting different cities and people through exotic fruits during the pandemic has been made possible by a project started by two Colombian siblings called The Harvest: Amazonian Barter. Adriana Bueno, who lives in Bogotá and works at Habitat Sur, a NGO that works with communities in the Amazon, and her brother Ivan Bueno, who lives in Leticia, a city in the Amazon river basin, launched the project in March, when the normal markets were closed because of the coronavirus restrictions met different needs in their locations by connecting the two markets. Every Friday, women from Nazareth, a town near Leticia, line up in front of a truck that contains oil, rice and other staples they need, in exchange for the exotic fruits they've brought (on foot or on river boats). The fruit is flown to Bogotá, where it is distributed to the 3,500 subscribers that the barter service now has, the Associated Press reports. "Our goal is food sovereignty, understood as the rights of all peoples to choose their food and to produce it in a conscious way that respects the environment,” Ivan Bueno told the AP.

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