Brazil is the biggest producer of coffee in the world. Since 2006, Shumei has partnered with Jacaranda Organic Farms to grow Natural Agriculture coffee for serving in the Miho Museum restaurant. Due to the slow renewal process for old coffee trees and the waiting period for newly planted trees to fully come into production, currently, there is only enough for use in the restaurant. Soon Jacaranda Farms coffee production will grow bigger. Also in 2013 at an Agro-ecology conference in Sweden, Mr. Alan Imai met another person connected with small-scale coffee farmers from Brazil who is interested in working with Shumei’s Natural Agriculture practices. Shumei hopes to be able to soon offer Natural Agriculture coffee for home use around the world.
In 2010, Shumei began a partnership with a cacao and pepper farmer, Mr. Sakaguchi, in the Amazon area of Brazil. Ninety years ago a group of Japanese farmers immigrated to the area and after generations of repeated trial and error, they developed the principle of agroforestry, a land use management system in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland. Mr. Sakaguchi combines Shumei Natural Agriculture principles and agroforestry technologies to produce black pepper and cacao for Shumei.
In Itatinga Brazil, Shumei also has a school project teaching students Natural Agriculture. A Shumei farmer goes every week to the school, who teaches and works with students in the garden.