Fruit Trees and Useful Plants in Amazonian Life

The Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) required design, layout and typesetting for the Spanish edition of this book, entitled Frutales y plantas útiles en la vida amazónica – a collaboration between FAO, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and People and Plants International.

The book, which is about plants and fruits in Amazonian life that can be harvested for economic or medicinal purposes, is both accessible and practical, and addresses the interaction between life, traditional knowledge of forests and folk culture. The publication aims to help bridge the gap in knowledge on this topic between scientists and local people.

We designed the cover, staying true to the original version as much as possible, while also working within the grid of FAO’s Non-Wood Forest Products series.


The interior is simple and effective, and is fully illustrated.


The personal stories of farmers, midwives, hunters and musicians that share traditional knowledge are highlighted in grey boxes throughout the book.






“Kate has excellent design skills and produced our publication in a fast and efficient way. In addition, she went above and beyond the terms of reference – nothing was too much trouble. Kate was an excellent team player, interacting and cooperating with the translator in an active manner. It was a great pleasure to work with her and I highly recommend her services.” –Tina Etherington, Publications Coordinator, Non-Wood Forest Products at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN


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